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University of Utah plans in-person convocations for Spring 2021

The University of Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium is pictured in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah plans to hold its convocations in-person this spring, according to a statement from the school

University officials sent out a Tweet Monday announcing the decision, saying the availability of COVID-19 vaccines makes it possible. 

“The past two academic years have been transformed in significant ways, and our students have been patient, creative and resilient through all the changes need (sic) to ensure health and safety during this global health crisis,” said Lori McDonald, vice president for Student Affairs.

“We are going to mark this occasion in ways that recognize the dedication and commitment of our students, while also celebrating the amazing accomplishment of completing a college degree during extraordinary times.” 

In-person college convocations planned

The school plans to pre-record and live-stream the general commencement ceremony on May 6, 2021, with in-person college convocations planned on both May 6 and May 7. 

Convocations differ from the general commencement ceremony; typically, students attend the convocation for their individual school or college separately from the school’s larger university-wide commencement. 

According to the U., school officials will use Rice-Eccles Stadium and the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre for in-person college convocations. Family and friends who cannot attend may watch via live-stream. 

In addition, the school plans to invite 2020 graduates, after holding last year’s commencement virtually.

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