To mitigate the risk of large-group gatherings for the foreseeable future, we are carefully following the advice of health officials regarding the current global health crisis.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control recommends canceling large-group events as they can contribute to the spread of COVID-19. We have also received guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requesting the closure of indoor operations for some business sectors, including places of cultural ceremonies.
For these reasons, CIU has made the difficult decision to postpone its Fall 2020 commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020.
We know commencement is an important event for our students, families, faculty, and staff. To be clear, I want to assure you that commencements scheduled for Saturday, October 17 will be rescheduled for October 2021. We take great pride in our commencement traditions, and we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments with family, friends, fellow students, faculty, and staff of the university. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must prioritize the health and safety of every individual who may be negatively impacted by a large-group gathering, especially higher-risk family and friends.
Thank you for your understanding,