On May 8, UGA will issue congratulatory online messages to acknowledge the degrees earned by its graduates; many colleges are planning to recognize their graduates in virtual events during May that family and friends can watch online.
Nearly 24,000 people signed a Change.org petition pleading with Morehead to reschedule so 2020 UGA grads would have a ceremony.
The petition asked:
If we cannot have our commencement ceremony on May 8th, could we potentially have it a few months later? Once the threat of COVID-19 has calmed down and the world isn't so on-edge. Over 327,000 living alumni have sat together, with their graduating classes, to celebrate one another and see those fireworks as a symbol of their accomplishments. We want that experience, too. Please, if there is any way you can help us, let us graduate the right way… The Georgia Way. Thank you.
While Georgia Tech will recognize its spring 2020 graduates with an online celebration on Friday, May 1, no date has been set for an in-person ceremony on campus.
In virtual townhall meetings this week, Tech leaders said the target timeframe was the end of the summer semester. However, if that was not possible, the end of fall semester would be considered for the in-person ceremony.