Arizona State University announced Thursday that its spring 2020 commencement ceremony will be held online.
"Obviously, this means a departure from our traditions. But reimagining ASU’s commencement ceremonies does not mean cancelling them. Sun Devil Nation is going to celebrate. We will continue in the spirit that drove us earlier in the semester when classes were moved to an online format. We will continue to advance," officials said in a statement.
In the statement, officials say graduates who still want to attend a ceremony in person will be invited to the December 2020 and May 2021 ceremonies.
The announcement comes as Arizona attempts to grapple with the spread of coronavirus, with the state seeing over 1,500 cases and 32 deaths.
ASU officials are working on the details of the virtual ceremony and will share more at a later date.