NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Christopher Newport University announced it will postpone their commencement ceremony in response to classes being moved online amid the coronavirus pandemic.
CNU President Paul Trible sent a personal message to the Christopher Newport community, updating students and families on new changes.
Trible says he hasn't seen the campus look so empty since September 11, 2001.
“I recall being here at CNU on September 11th, when the terrorists attacked the USA. CNU was in a state of shock, fear and terrible sadness. But the CNU family pulled together that day, and since 2001 we have grown into an amazing University.” Dr. Berry of CNU says.
Trible says the commencement ceremony is set for June 21 if permitted by the state and federal authorities.
Classes will remain online for the rest of the semester.
Every student will be allowed two additional courses, not limited to elective courses, for which they may earn a Pass/Fail grade this semester, according to Trible.
The deadline to submit electronic forms for Pass/Fail and Withdrawal is extended to April 10 at 5 p.m.
CNU says it will answer question concerning refunds or credits for housing and dining, as soon as possible.
Colleges and universities throughout Virginia have opted to move classes online due to the outbreak, and other schools such as Virginia Wesleyan University also announced to postpone graduation ceremonies.