Ozarka cancels commencement ceremony that was scheduled for June


In a statement released Thursday, Ozarka College announced the cancelation of its 2020 Spring Commencement ceremony out of an abundance of caution.

Commencement is typically scheduled for early May and was recently rescheduled for June with hopes of a shorter recovery to the now months-long COVID-19 pandemic. The decision follows the state guidelines concerning COVID-19 and social gatherings.

“Until there is greater understanding for the impact of COVID-19 and phased re-openings, we are taking every precaution, and unfortunately it is necessary to cancel commencement,” said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka president. “The college is committed to the health and safety of our students and families, Ozarka employees, and our friends in the community.”

The college will still recognize degree and certificate completers in other ways. Ozarka will honor 2020 graduates through local newspapers, social media, and on the college website.

“To say 2020 has been interesting would be an understatement, and we regret we cannot have the ceremony,” said Dr. Chris Lorch, vice president of academics. “Regardless of circumstances, we are committed to honoring the achievements of our students as they have overcome unforeseeable adversities this year.”

Ozarka College 2020 graduates are also invited to participate in next year’s commencement ceremonies. For more information regarding commencement, please contact the registrar’s office at (870)368-2300 or at studentsupport@ozarka.edu.

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