The University of Tennessee announced Monday afternoon that all in-person classes will be moved and remain online for the remainder of the spring semester.
A news release sent to the UT community also indicated that alternative commencement ceremonies will be planned for all UT campuses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“In an effort to avoid further disruption for our students, faculty and staff, we will move instruction entirely online for the remainder of the spring semester,” Interim President Randy Boyd said in the email. “In addition, commencement ceremonies will not be held in May. Each campus is looking at alternative commencement options at this time.”
The email said that each campus will be sending out communications to staff, faculty and students regarding the impact to the respective campuses.
Chancellor Donde Plowman also addressed the UT community through email shortly after to let students know.
"I know this is particularly disappointing for our graduates who worked for their special day. We will find ways to celebrate your accomplishments," Plowman wrote.