College of the Ozarks announced decisions Friday regarding commencement and high profile summer events.
The spring commencement, typically held in May, has been rescheduled for Nov. 8 — nearly six months later.
The ceremony for the college’s Class of 2020 will take place in conjunction with the fall Homecoming festivities.
“We look forward to celebrating our graduates and hope this timeframe, in conjunction with Homecoming, will honor them in a special way,” said Jerry Davis, president of the College of the Ozarks, in a news release.
Dubbed “Hard Work U,” the private Christian college in Point Lookout closed most of the campus and canceled in-person classes for the rest of the spring because of the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus.
The college also announced several changes regarding summer events.
“We will continue to take in the information at hand and make sound decisions for our student body and campus family,” said Davis, in the release.
“We have weathered many storms since our founding in 1906, and we are confident that the future is bright for our students, and our graduates, who have the opportunity to graduate from this institution debt-free.”
Most notably, the college’s annual Honor America event that draws thousands of visitors to the campus near the Fourth of July holiday has been canceled.