Ohio State has extended its cancellation of all in-person university events through July 6, university president Michael Drake announced on Friday night.
Friday’s announcement comes after Ohio State announced on Wednesday that classes would remain online only for the summer semester. According to Friday’s announcement, no new university events will be scheduled until after July 6, but the university “will continue to reevaluate based on evolving conditions.”
Ohio State announced Friday that it will hold a virtual spring commencement and that it hopes to hold an in-person commencement ceremony for spring graduates in the future, but that will have to wait until at least July.
Ohio State’s athletic events had already been canceled for the remainder of the academic year, while the Big Ten has suspended all organized team activities until at least May 4. The cancellation of on-campus events until July likely means that summer camps for sports teams – the football team was scheduled to hold seven camps between June 3-18 – will need to be canceled or postponed.
“This is a very difficult and challenging time for the world,” Drake said in his announcement. “Many are suffering from the disease or have lost loved ones, and all of us are affected by the many changes this pandemic has brought. At the same time, we are coming together and responding in ways that are inspiring.”