SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento State’s president Robert S. Nelson issued an apology and a refund to graduates after the school announced there will not be an in-person commencement ceremony this spring.
Nelson said sorry Monday after previously promising students there would be in-person ceremonies this spring at the Golden 1 Center. Instead, the school will have a drive-thru “CARmencement.”READ MORE: 'I Don't Think That's Fair': Allora Co-Owner Says Staff Was Bumped Down Vaccine List
In an email to the campus community, Nelson said the school had hoped the pandemic would be over “or at least contained enough to host in-person Commencement ceremonies once again in 2021. Sadly, we are not there yet.”
The CARmencement will be held on-campus in place of a formal commencement ceremony for 2020 and 2021 graduates.READ MORE: 'My Nephew Died A Hero': Family Honors Man From Sacramento Mistakenly Shot And Killed By Idaho Police
“I sincerely apologize to this and last years’ graduates. I promised that we would meet at Golden 1 Center, and we cannot. Your hearts are broken, and so is mine,” Nelson wrote.
The school is also refunding a $48 fee that covers the commencement ceremony.MORE NEWS: 3-Car Crash Forces I-80 Lane Closures, CHP Says
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