Ozarks Technical Community College has announced they will be canceling spring commencement exercises because of the coronavirus outbreak.
OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon broke the news to the community in a message today.
“College leadership made the difficult decision to cancel these events as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that no gatherings with 50 people or more be held in the United States for the next eight weeks,” Higdon wrote.
The College is working to create “an alternative ceremony” for anyone due to graduate in Spring 2020.
In addition to the cancelling of commencement as scheduled, the College also announced:
- OTC’s Spring Break is extended one week for all seated, hybrid and online courses.
- In-person courses that can be taught in an online format will resume online beginning Monday, March 30, and will remain online for the remainder of the spring semester.
- Those classes that cannot be taught online (for example: labs and technical education) will resume in an in-person format on Monday, March 30.
- At this time, all OTC locations will remain open and continue business operations.
- All non-instructional college events are canceled or postponed indefinitely.
- All non-essential OTC-sponsored travel is canceled through April 30.
- Any OTC employee or student who has traveled internationally and returns to the United States on March 16, or later, must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to any OTC location.
“The COVID-19 outbreak is a quickly evolving situation. I am meeting daily with OTC leadership to discuss and adapt our response as needed,” Higdon wrote. “We are also in frequent talks with public health officials to ensure the college is doing everything it can to mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19.”