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UofSC past graduation ceremony. Cola Daily file photo.

The delayed, then off, then tentatively on again University of South Carolina graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 has been canceled.

UofSC President Bob Caslen sent an email to graduates Friday, announcing that the in-person ceremony scheduled for August 8 at Williams-Brice Stadium is now off.

“When we announced the tentative ceremony last month, it was conditional on coronavirus infection levels remaining relatively low,” Caslen said. “Unfortunately, South Carolina has experienced a marked increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks and both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our own public health experts do not believe it is safe to host a large in-person gathering because of the increased risk of transmission.”

The graduation, usually scheduled for the end of the school year, was initially postponed until August because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the university announced the cancellation of that event. However, in June the tentative in-person ceremony at the stadium was scheduled.

UofSC will still host a virtual commencement ceremony August 8 at noon. Graduates and the general public can watch it at sc.edu.

“We’re excited about this production, which will include the names of each graduate being displayed and read during the ceremony,” Caslen said. He added that 2020 graduates will be invited to participate in the university’s next in-person graduation, whenever that may be.

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