LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The three Nebraska State College system schools have joined the four University of Nebraska system campuses in canceling May graduation ceremonies, citing public health concerns.

“The state colleges are working to finalize alternative commencement plans as the traditional face-to-face commencement in May will not be possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” state college system spokeswoman Judi Yorges said Tuesday.

Commencement cancellations for the four University of Nebraska system schools were reported earlier Tuesday.

For most people, COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are among those particularly susceptible to more severe illness.

Peru State College intends to postpone its May commencement until Dec. 18. Wayne State canceled its May 9 ceremony and intends to hold one later this summer, officials said.

Chadron State College was expected to announce its plans later Wednesday.

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