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Cameron University 2020 Commencement guidelines include social distancing, facial coverings

Cameron University’s 2020 Commencement is set for Saturday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Cameron Stadium. Students who completed coursework in December 2019, May or July 2020, or will complete in December 2020 are eligible to participate in Commencement. Those planning to participate in the ceremony must register at www.cameron.edu/commencement/register-for-commencement. COVID-19 protocols will be in effect for the ceremony.

Registering for Commencement allows the university to make appropriate arrangements to accommodate all graduates and as many guests as social distancing will allow into the stadium. Each graduate is guaranteed two guests. Depending on the number of graduates who register to participate, that number could increase. Participating graduates who have not yet registered are encouraged to do so immediately.

Due to COVID-19 limitations, wristbands will be required for graduates and guests to enter the stadium. Wristbands will be provided to graduates and their guests prior to the ceremony. Children under the age of six are not required to wear wristbands and do not count toward guest limitations. Only CU personnel and those with graduate wristbands will be able to access the graduate seating. Guests will not be allowed onto that area to greet graduates or to take photos or video.

Guests attending Commencement are expected to comply with CDC guidelines and City of Lawton’s COVID-19 regulations, including practicing physical distancing and using facial coverings. Children under the age of six are not required to wear masks, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Guests may practice family social distancing. Graduates should also wear facial coverings, which may be removed before they cross the stage to accept their diploma covers. Guests may enter the stadium through any gate and are asked to be seated no later than 7:15 p.m.

Because seating will be limited, the university has made arrangements for the ceremony to be livestreamed. Guests unable to be physically present in the stadium will be able to watch the ceremony on personal devices. The ceremony will also be archived on Cameron University’s YouTube channel, and Commencement DVDs will be available for $7 (including shipping and handling) and can be ordered from KCCU-FM by calling (580) 581-2472.

Officers will conduct safety checks of all carry-in bags (handbags, purses, camera bags, etc.). Illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons, fireworks, signs on poles, or noisemakers are not allowed. Oversized bags, backpacks and duffle bags will not be permitted, nor will coolers with drinks, cans or bottles.

In the event the October 10 Commencement must be cancelled for inclement weather, changes in the COVID-19 situation, or other reasons, it will not be rescheduled.

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September 21, 2020 

PR# 20-104