CSUB 2019 Mid Term Graduation

Cal State Bakersfield graduate Josey Burke waves as she walks down the aisle to be seated during the 2019 CSUB fall commencement Wednesday at Mechanics Bank Arena and Convention Center.

Cal State Bakersfield will postpone its spring commencement ceremony scheduled for May 22 due to coronavirus concerns, Jennifer Self, CSUB director of public affairs and communications, confirmed Tuesday.

In compliance with a directive issued by the CSU Chancellor's Office Monday, commencement has been postponed.

It has not been determined yet when the ceremony might take place.

Fresno State, as well as other CSU schools, also announced it will not hold its spring commencement ceremonies in May.

The decision to postpone commencement follows several other university and college events across the country that have been postponed or canceled because of coronavirus concerns.

Bakersfield College has not yet made a decision regarding spring commencement.

The university is also accelerating virtual instruction and social distancing for students and employees starting Wednesday, according to a news release from the school.

CSUB, like Kern County, has declared a state of emergency. Face-to-face instruction will end at 10 p.m. Tuesday for the remainder of the spring semester.

Midterm examinations will be rescheduled using alternative delivery, and all labs, studios, clinicals and other face-to-face interactions are canceled.

The university originally planned to move to online instruction beginning March 27.

Starting Wednesday, all non-essential personnel will be required to stay home. All people age 65 or older or those with underlying medical conditions must practice home isolation.

All students living on campus who are able to are encouraged to leave campus and return to their permanent homes to complete their virtual coursework. However, if a student has limited or no options to leave campus, they will be permitted to continue living on campus.

The CSU Bakersfield Food Pantry will continue operations. New hours and times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday; 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday; 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday; and closed Friday.

All campus dining options will be grab and go. Seating will not be available at campus dining facilities.

Unavailable student services at this time include:

  • CSUB Children’s Center (will close at the end of the day Tuesday)
  • Student Recreation Center
  • Veterans Services Center
  • MAGEC/Dreamers Resource Center
  • Center for Career Education and Community Engagement
  • Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Office of Campus Programming

Visit CSUB's COVID-19 page at CSUB.edu for additional updates.

Ema Sasic can be reached at 661-395-7392. Follow her on Twitter: @ema_sasic.

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