Morgan State University plans to host in-person commencement for spring 2021

After the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the annual spring and fall commencements for 2020, Morgan State University aims to hold an in-person graduation ceremony in spring 2021.  


Jordan D. Brown, Staff Writer

Morgan State University is currently planning a spring 2021 in-person commencement ceremony, according to a statement from the University Commencement Committee.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, graduates of spring 2020 were not allowed to physically attend their commencement ceremony and the fall 2020 commencement was postponed.

“We are very disappointed that we have been unable to honor our most recent graduates in person; but we are committed to protecting the health and safety of Morgan faculty, staff, students, and look forward to being able to celebrate the achievements of our graduates as soon as it is safe to do so,” the Commencment Committee said in a statement.

Larry Jones, the assistant vice president of public relations and strategic communications, said the university is in the early process of planning an event, but they are hopeful the state of the pandemic will allow a graduation ceremony to take place next spring.

“In the event that this should happen and in anticipation of circumstances changing for the better, the university has begun the preliminary planning to host an in-person graduation ceremony and/or ceremonies for the graduates of Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021,” Jones said in an email to The Spokesman. “We are currently evaluating several safely social options and will share more details as the planning nears finalization.”

As the university plans to invite both graduating classes of 2020, it poses a question whether those graduates will return for a commencement ceremony after they already graduated and moved on from Morgan.

Keyon Grayson, class of 2020 and former Student Government Association President, expressed he would be interested in attending the commencement, but it would mostly be for his family rather than himself.

“I’ve been able to move on from undergrad pretty quickly because of the pandemic. So, I’m not all that interested in what I left behind,” Grayson said.