Provided/Stockton University Baccalaureate Commencement at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Friday, May 10, 2019. 

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Stockton University will postpone its traditional graduation ceremonies in May and hold a virtual ceremony instead, hoping for a traditional commencement in the fall.

President Harvey Kesselman sent a message to students, faculty and staff on Tuesday outlining plans for the rest of the spring semester.

“I sincerely regret that we cannot welcome you and your classmates back to the campus for the remainder of the spring semester,” Kesselman said. “However, our faculty and staff have been working diligently to minimize disruption to your education so that you are able to complete the semester successfully.”

Stockton will plan a two-phase graduation celebration for the Class of 2020. The first component will be a virtual event on May 15. This will be followed in fall 2020 by a more traditional ceremony. Details about both events will follow in the coming weeks.

Stockton previously announced that classes for the remainder of the spring semester will move to remote instruction starting Wednesday, March 25.  Staggered move-out times for residential students are being scheduled following the state’s social-distancing recommendations.

Most staff are working remotely and university services remain available to students by phone and email.

Stockton is keeping students, faculty, staff and the community informed through a special coronavirus web page that is reviewed daily and updated as needed