Commencements, cancellations, and reimbursements; What you need to know about the spring college semester


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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Universities across the state have transitioned to an online platform with teleworking environments for the rest of the spring semester in an effort to adapt to social distancing and the coronavirus. 

With that comes questions on commencement ceremonies, tuition and housing reimbursements, and cancellations all together.

Here is what we know so far.

Christopher Newport University

Hampton University

  • Classes: Remote instruction will continue for the remainder of the semester.
  • Reimbursements:
  • Commencement: Upon the completion of all academic and financial requirements, degrees will be mailed to the graduating seniors’ permanent addresses. The 2020 Commencement is now scheduled for September 25, 2020, conditions permitting.
  • Move-out: The dates that have been set aside for students to retrieve their belongings are May 7, 8, 9 and 10.
  • Buildings: The campus remains closed to the public.

Norfolk State University

  • Classes: Classes will continue online for the remainder of the semester.
  • Reimbursements: The university is assessing the resources required to provide partial or pro-rated refunds for services not used due to residence halls closing. Details to follow.
  • Commencement: There are multiple options for graduates and families. The spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, have been canceled. Old Dominion will reschedule commencement for a later date. Graduates and parents will be able to attend that ceremony either in person or virtually. Students who cannot participate in the rescheduled commencement may attend a future commencement either in person or virtually.
  • Move-out: Details to follow.
  • Meal plans: Those affected by the closure of on-campus housing will be issued pro-rated refunds for unused meal plan fees.
  • Additional resources: Students eligible for pro-rated refunds will have the option to apply it to the future semester.
  • NSU coronavirus student information

Old Dominion University

Rappahannock Community College

  • Classes: All in-person classes have been canceled. Instruction will be delivered online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester as well as the summer 2020 semester.
  • Commencement: Originally scheduled for May 8, 2020 and the Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony, originally scheduled for May 7, 2020, are canceled. RCC may hold a commencement ceremony at a later date and that information will be communicated later.
  • Move-out: Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, all campuses and sites will be closed (Glenns, Warsaw, Kilmarnock, King George, New Kent and Montross)

Regent University

Tidewater Community College

Virginia Tech

  • Classes: Classes will resume online until the end of the semester.
  • Reimbursements: Details to follow.
  • Commencement: Commencement ceremonies will be online at 8:30 a.m. on May 15. The university is inviting all graduating students and two guests to campus this fall to celebrate commencement with a senior tailgate, an “Enter Sandman” entrance into Lane Stadium, and tickets to the home football game. Graduates are also invited to participate in formal ceremonies on December 2020 or May 2021.
  • Move-out: Details to follow.
  • VT coronavirus information

Virginia Wesleyan

  • Move-out: Residents will not be able to return to campus April 6 as originally planned due to Gov. Northam’s stay-at-home order. The school is developing a staggered move-out “approach” that will allow students to safely collect their belongings. The school is working with students who need essential items such as academic materials, medications, medical devices, a spokesperson said.

William & Mary

  • Classes: Classes will resume online until the end of the semester.
  • Reimbursements: Partial refunds for room and board will be issued. Details to follow.
  • Commencement: The university plans to discuss graduation information in April depending on the circumstances. Details to follow.
  • Move-out: All residence halls are closed and students remaining on campus are asked to leave later than March 25 by 5 p.m. A full move-out is planned for April 18 through to May 18. Details to follow.
  • Other information: Student Affairs will work with those that need assistance with personal evacuation. Contact for more info.
  • William & Mary coronavirus student information

More information on how Hampton Roads’ colleges and universities have been impacted.

This list will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

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