Updated:  COVID-19 prompts higher education across the region to set new graduation dates

Updated at 6:51 a.m.:  

Mid-Missouri colleges and universities announce seniors will have graduation ceremonies, although those dates have been pushed back.

Lincoln University announced Wednesday that its Class of 2020 will now graduate August 1.  LU President Jerald Jones Woolfolk says details will be released at a later date.  Graduates will be mailed their diploma after May 9, their original graduation date. 

State Technical College of Missouri has announced its seniors will officially graduate May 30.  But if that date ends up not working as well, it’s likely the college will cancel its graduation ceremony. 

Stephens College will now host commencement ceremonies August 28 and 29.  Columbia College is letting May graduates walk in the December ceremony. 

At William Woods, graduating seniors were encouraged to attend small, closed ceremonies, held last Thursday in the university’s auditorium.  William Woods announced four days later that 10 students had tested positive for COVID-19, including one who was a student teacher at South Callaway R-II. 

Meanwhile, Westminster and the University of Missouri have yet to release information about their graduation plans.