May 2020 graduation cancelled
COVID-19 has impacted the majority of Universities, Colleges, and schools by prompting transitions to online education. This has caused stress and issues for lots of administration, staff and students.
Minot State has been keeping their students up to date on all new information regarding COVID-19, including the cancellation of Graduation that was set for May 15, 2020. According to senior Monica Sandra, there has been no definite solution to the replacement of graduation.
“Administration sent us an email about the situation saying they don’t know what is going to happen. They are looking and researching all options, but I’m just hoping all us seniors get to walk across the stage,” Sandra said.
One option that students recommend is postponing the ceremony until Fall 2020 semester.
“We (Minot State students) made a petition to just postpone graduation and not cancel it and the administration saw it, but we haven’t heard anything since then,” Sandra said.
Not only is Covid-19 impacting people physically by social distancing and businesses closing, but it is also affecting people mentally and emotionally.
“Having a college graduation ceremony is the wrap and ending to a normal college career, and I will not get to experience that. In a way, it doesn’t feel like I am graduating anymore,” Eleni Garbrandt, a Minot State senior, explained. “It just feels like classes will end, and that is it. I am grateful to have made it this far and earned a degree, but it doesn’t feel right not having a proper ceremony celebrating my accomplishments.”
To stay up to date with COVID-19 and Minot State’s plan, continue to check your Minot State email and the Minot State website.