UWF cancels graduation ceremony; only remote classes for rest of semester

Posted on March 17, 2020 by Staff reports

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the State University System of Florida directed all Florida universities to conduct the rest of the Spring 2020 semester remotely. 

Accordingly, the University of West Florida issued the following statement: “With this change, the traditional in-person Spring 2020 commencement will not be held in May 2020. We understand this is very disappointing to our seniors and we are working with student leaders to discuss creative ideas to ensure our students are celebrated. We plan to honor our students while still keeping our community safe. More details will be provided as soon as possible.”

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any University of West Florida campuses or locations, the University stated the changes follow the general public health principle of limiting the interaction of people within larger groups to diminish disease transmission and protect everyone in our communities. 

The University in the release also stated it will make every effort to be considerate of instructor and student concerns. “Instructors are expected to be extremely considerate of student concerns. Students should contact their instructors with any course-related questions or concerns. Instructors remain responsible for communicating regularly with students regarding expectations surrounding assignments, exams, etc.”

The University has established a webpage with its most up-to-date changes in regards to Coronavirus, as well as an extensive FAQ section at uwf.edu/coronavirus.

University Housing

All students living in university housing are strongly encouraged to return to permanent home residences or a non-campus alternative housing arrangement, for the remainder of the semester, if possible. UWF will continue to accommodate those with extenuating circumstances and work with students who are unable to return home during this time period on an individual basis. More information will be provided by UWF Housing and Residence Life today. 

Employees Reporting to Work

University administration is actively discussing if remote work will be extended past March 30, 2020, and will communicate with the campus community when a decision is made.