Commencement 2020 has been cancelled. Read the letter from our President regarding this decision:
No one could have imagined two months ago when the semester started that an announcement like this one would have to be made. Piedmont International University commencement is only seven weeks away, but yesterday the CDC recommended that gatherings of more than fifty people should be halted for the next eight weeks. As a result, we are canceling our spring commencement ceremony that had been scheduled for May 1. This decision will not affect anyone’s graduation from PIU, as all students who are eligible to graduate in May will do so.
While we deeply regret having to cancel this momentous event, the circumstances are extraordinary, and we must err on the side of caution and do our part to preserve public health and the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff. Also, we decided that it would be inconsiderate to hold out hope only to have many students and families scuttle plans at the last moment.
We were eagerly looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments, the sacrifices of parents and others who helped you reach this milestone, and the beginning of Piedmont’s 75th anniversary. We know that this decision is very upsetting for many of our graduates and their friends and families. Our students work incredibly hard to earn Piedmont degrees and deserve to be celebrated with their friends, professors, families and loved ones. We still intend to find a way to make that happen, and a variety of alternative options are under consideration including the possibility of hosting this significant event at a later date. We again thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters together.