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UArizona to hold series of in-person commencement ceremonies this May

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TUCSON (KVOA) - After several graduates could not attend an in-person commencement ceremony due to the pandemic last year, the chances of the University of Arizona's Class of 2021 holding an in-person ceremony seems a little better.

While it may not seem like a traditional commencement, UArizona is scheduled to host a series of in-person, graduate-only ceremonies this May.

Back on March 20, 2020, UArizona initially announced it would cancel its 2020 Convocation and Commencement ceremonies in Tucson, Phoenix, Yuma and Sierra Vista due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The university then planned to hold an in-person ceremony on Oct. 30 during UArizona's homecoming week.

With much of Arizona prohibiting large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the majority of 2020, UArizona canceled its 2020 in-person commencement ceremony, all together.

However, shortly after Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order lifting occupancy limitations for the state, UArizona announced that it will hold several in-person commencement ceremonies for 2021 graduates.

According to commencement officials, the series of ceremonies are currently tentatively scheduled to held from May 11 to May 18.

While students are not required to attend in-person, only graduates would be allowed to attend their allocated ceremony.

The event will be live-streamed and recorded for families and members of the public to view.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that the Grand Canyon State saw new positive COVID-19 cases report "below 1,000 for the first time in months," with 783 new confirmed cases. In addition, there were no new deaths reported.

The AP also stated that "the number of vaccine doses administered around Arizona was up to 2.1 million with more than 1.3 million people having received at least one shot."

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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