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UMD moves classes online for the rest of the semester, cancels in-person graduation

The University of Maryland announced Thursday that it will continue online instruction through the end of the 2020 spring term. 

The announcement came hours after Gov. Larry Hogan advised all public institutions in Maryland to shift to online instruction for the remainder of the semester, with an official decision by the University System of Maryland Thursday evening. 

The university has implemented secure online testing and assessment, and developed technology to ensure the system will support this massive shift, President Wallace Loh wrote in a campus-wide email. 

Commencement ceremonies have also been cancelled for this spring. Loh invited students and families to contact him through email with suggestions of “alternative and innovative” ways to celebrate this year’s graduation. 

“Our graduating students have worked so hard and I know that they, and their families, would want to celebrate this milestone,” Loh wrote.

In an email from the Department of Resident Life, the university said students living on campus should prepare to move out of their residence halls by April 5. They will need to choose a specific move-out date and time, an effort to limit the number of people on campus and maintain social distancing. 

Emergency housing will be provided for students who need to remain on campus. However, these students will have very limited services.

Students who are approved for emergency housing will not be permitted to have guests in the residence halls and are expected to self isolate, the email said. 

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