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In Response to COVID-19, Governors State Postpones Commencement 2020

On Thursday, March 19, Governors State University President Elaine P. Maimon announced the university has decided to postpone Commencement 2020.

Dr. Maimon wrote:

Dear 2020 Graduates and GSU Community,

I am sorry to write with this disappointing news, but Governors State University must postpone the May Commencement and other Commencement week activities, including the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Please note the word postpone. We are committed to honoring and celebrating your accomplishments at a later date. The University made this difficult decision to protect your health and well-being and that of your family, friends, and the GSU community as a whole. As we monitor the continuing COVID-19 emergency, we will keep you informed.

GSU faculty and staff join me in understanding your disappointment. You have been dreaming of Commencement celebrations for years, and now we have to ask you to wait a little longer. We also realize that you are dealing with the changes COVID-19 has brought about in course delivery and campus life. Please be confident that when we are able, GSU will organize Commencement activities worthy of your accomplishments and resilience. You deserve it.

We often say that a university education prepares students for a changing world. We are now being put to the test. GSU students are a determined and courageous group. Together we will prevail over the unique challenges before us.


Elaine P. Maimon, PhD

President, Governors State University

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