Like most things this year, graduation plans have been derailed by the coronavirus at colleges and universities across the country.

A few universities, however, have decided to host socially distanced graduations. The University of Georgia, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Clemson University and Texas A&M University all will hold in-person ceremonies this fall.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has announced plans for 12 in-person graduation ceremonies in November. Even those will look different – ceremonies that normally pack Thompson-Boling Arena will be capped at 200 graduates with a limited number of guests allowed for each graduate. Attendance will be around 1,000 for each ceremony with masks required, Provost John Zomchick said. 

After seeing plans from the University of Alabama’s summer graduation ceremony and speaking with other SEC provosts, Zomchick said UT administrators felt confident they could host a safe, in-person graduation. 


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