University to issue information on graduation ceremonies in due time

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The University of Malta will be issuing information regarding this year’s graduation ceremonies in due time, a spokesperson told this newsroom.

Whether the ceremonies happen or not would depend on the public health situation and whether the rate of coronavirus infections is brought under control.

The rector of the University of Malta, Prof. Alfred Vella, had announced that the graduation ceremonies planned for 2020 would be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new dates were scheduled between 22 February and 12 March. The decision had caused a backlash prompting a reversal of the decision.

The university had informed students that the graduation ceremonies would happen as it was originally planned. However such decision was taken during a time when Malta was registering new cases in single digits and the rate of infection was under control.

Newsbook.com.mt reached out to the University of Malta in view of the developing situation, with the university replying that given the uncertainty, students would be informed in due time.

Students have reached out to this newsroom to vent their frustration brought about by the uncertainty and the lack of information on the upcoming graduation ceremonies.

Lectures in a pandemic

The University of Malta has in place a plan for the next academic year which will involve lectures held both online and physically in classrooms.

Depending on the group size, large groups will be divided into smaller groups, whereby one group sits in the lecture room while the other group follows the class online.

Guidelines which will include the wearing of face masks, social distancing and hand hygiene, will also be issued in order to minimize the risk of contracting coronavirus.

Student organisations on campus have anticipated possible restrictive measures by taking their activities online. The University Students’ Council will not be organizing its annual Freshers’ Week on campus this October.

On Sunday, the health authorities reported 15 new coronavirus cases. The total number of active cases is 538.

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