Due to the rise of positive COVID-19 cases in Washington, D.C., and a 3% increase in positive tests on campus, Howard University will host classes and finals online for the last two weeks of the semester. This will take effect on April 14.
Undergraduate courses and finals will be conducted virtually, while graduate, professional and fine arts students will remain in person under strict quarantine guidelines. Laboratory courses will operate under the same restrictions.
“We want to make sure that we are all working collaboratively to take effective steps to assure that we can provide a Commencement celebration with friends and families that our graduates would fondly remember. A separate communication including details of Commencement as well as oath and award ceremonies is forthcoming,” Provost and Chief Academic Officer Anthony K. Wutoh shared in an email.
Students responded with mixed emotions, but seniors, especially, are hoping this doesn’t impact commencement.
“I really hope that HU22 gets their in-person commencement. We, as a class, have been put through the ringer. We’ve been through everything you could think of, and then some. So, I hope nothing changes,” Inez Jacobs-Hinton, a graduating senior chemistry major, said. “But, I also understand the need to protect students and staff,” she continued.
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