Grayson College emailed a news release Thursday evening announcing he college’s plans for the rest of the semester. While classes will continue this semester, the college has announced that spring commencement has been cancelled.


Individuals scheduled to graduate at the end of the spring semester will have the opportunity to walk the stage at a different ceremony.


“It is unfortunate that we must announce the cancellation of our May commencement ceremony and other recognition ceremonies, including the Center For Workplace Learning Graduation and Recognition Ceremony, Associate Degree Nurse Pinning and other health science and workforce celebrations,” the release said. “It is our sincerest hope that graduates will walk the stage during a future commencement ceremony. Please note: students will still graduate. Degrees will be conferred to those who have earned them, so students should continue to complete applications for graduation through their Success Coach or Faculty Advisor.”


The release also addressed housing and students who planned to live on campus.


“It is our intent to close the residence halls as soon as possible because we believe it is the best for students, as we are unsure about available dining and other services,” the release said. “If students are unable to secure other housing, they should contact OL Kelly, Director of Student Life and Housing, for further instructions.”


In response to the executive order signed by Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday, the schools said it intends to follow the standards set by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control. In the order, Abbott ordered all independent school districts to close as of midnight Friday through April 3.


“Grayson college will not have face-to-face classes through April 3rd; online instruction will continue as scheduled beginning March 23,” the release said. “Students should watch for communication from their professors regarding the status of their class.”


Grayson College still intends to provide support to its students in the forms of instructional support and more.


Items outlined include:“The college Bookstore will continue to remain open to serve you virtually. Grayson Cares resources are still available to students. Your first step is to complete the online Emergency Aid Application. For more information, visit grayson.edu/graysoncares. While the Testing Center is closed and the majority of tests are suspended, TSI assessments can be handled remotely provided the user has access to various equipment (microphone, webcam and internet connection). Request a “Remote Virtual Voucher” by emailing your full name, date of birth, phone number, email address and zip code to testing@grayson.edu. Upswing Online Tutoring is available for a number of subject areas and is located in every Canvas course. Math Hub tutors will now be available in UpSwing for students to select; a schedule will be provided soon. Additional information about UpSwing is online. The Math Hub now has a ticketing system available where students can submit questions and receive responses within a short timeframe during operating hours, with the option of requesting face-to-face help and group tutoring. Faculty will provide details via Canvas and the information will be made available on the Math Hub’s webpage. Tutors who previously observed face-to-face instruction are already in Canvas course shells as observers. They will be available for Canvas conferences in those respective shells for students to set up one-on-one appointments. The Writing Center will continue to accept virtual submissions. Information on this process is located on their webpage. The Library website includes online access to 141 databases and e-books within academic resources. Libguides provide subject content and tutorials. Library cards and due dates have been extended; fines do not apply. Email library@grayson.edu for help with any information concerns or queries.


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