University cancels May graduation ceremonies

File photo: ODT
File photo: ODT
The University of Otago has cancelled graduation ceremonies in May as it continues its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

University vice chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne outlined a raft of changes to university programming in an email to staff provided to the Otago Daily Times this afternoon.

"Although the challenges we are all facing are unprecedented, they are not insurmountable. We will get through this if we all continue to work together supporting each other and our students to the best of our
ability," Prof Hayne said.

Graduation ceremonies in August were for now still expected to go ahead as planned.

But because of the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and "future public health controls" she warned "this could change".

The tertiary open day event scheduled for May 3 and 4 had been postponed. The university was making contingency preparations for all staff to be able to work or teach from home.

The university had also reduced the seating capacity of St David Lecture Theatre to under 500 in line with Government regulations on gatherings.

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