A day after canceling commencements, U of M moves to postpone instead

The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that it would postpone commencement ceremonies instead of completely canceling the events.

President Joan Gabel made the announcement in an email to students.

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"I have heard from many of you about the unique importance of commencement ceremonies to you and your families," Gabel said in the email. "Please know that I take your comments to heart. I recognize this personally as well, not only as a long-time educator, but also as a mother of two students set to graduate this spring."

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The move comes a day after the university announced it would cancel commencement ceremonies.

The email said university officials are looking for alternative times and dates for ceremonies throughout the system.