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ASU to end fall semester early, hold virtual graduation in December due to COVID

Posted at 5:41 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 20:41:02-04

Arizona State University will be ending its semester after Thanksgiving and will hold a virtual graduation for the fall 2020 semester.

In a letter to students, Mark S. Searle, ASU's Executive vice president and university provost says they will be ending their fall semester early and final exams will be remote.

The Fall semester will end on Friday, December 4 and the final exam week will not take place.

"Session C will now end on Friday, Dec. 4. The final-exam week originally scheduled Dec. 7–12 will not take place. All instruction after the Thanksgiving break will be remote. Final exams, where applicable, should be held on the last day of class during the week of Nov. 30. Session B will conclude on Dec. 4 as originally scheduled," ASU said in a statement.

"We regret that current health circumstances will not permit us to host in-person commencement ceremonies in December. Our fall 2020 university commencement ceremony and special interest convocations scheduled for the week of December 14 will be converted to a virtual format. More information will be available soon at"

As for the spring semester, ASU says they will offer classes in different learning environments. Students will have access to on-campus and technology-enhanced learning environments.

The university also says faculty accommodations will remain the same, but are subject to change due to COVID-19.

To read the full release, click here.

Along with the announcement, ASU says they will be introducing a "collection of educational opportunities," during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. The ASU Innovation Quarter will include "events linked to ASU’s use-inspired research, building inclusive communities, enhancing the health of our communities, and professional development."

To learn more about the ASU Innovation Quarter, click here.