Local college cancels graduation

Central Texas College. (CTC photo/file)
Central Texas College. (CTC photo/file)(KWTX)
Published: Apr. 28, 2020 at 6:31 AM CDT
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Central Texas College has announced it’s canceling its commencement for both the spring and summer sessions..

A statement posted to the school’s website said all CTC-sponsored events are canceled through at least Aug. 31 including not only graduation ceremonies, but also outside events planned for CTC facilities.

The statement said staff were making the decision because ”… the health and safety of our students and staff remain our top priority.”

Last week, the school’s chancellor, Jim Yeonopolis, posted a video message to students.

He explained that he and other faculty, along with representatives with the Texas Association of Community Colleges have been holding meetings to try and figure out when to fully reopen campus.

”We’re going to try to determine when and how we can come back, ” said Yeonopolis. ”It won’t be that easy.

But we’re working on it.”

In a social media post Monday, Killeen ISD College, Career and Military Center announced that CTC won’t hold another commencement ceremony until December 2020.

The school announced late last week that Summer classes will continue online, but that they could revert to traditional instruction during the semester if social distancing guidelines are lifted in Texas.

School officials said any labs that require in-person administration would continue throughout the semester, but with a restricted number of students, and in accordance with the CDC’s social distancing recommendations.