ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Large-scale university-sponsored events are on the fence as the Aug. 24 start of the fall semester looms. 

SBU’s 25-page Phase 4 reopening plan, which was released to the campus community Tuesday, states that the university does not expect to host “large-scale events and performances or concerts with large audiences.” 

Two large events scheduled for the fall semester are Family Weekend (Sept. 25-27) and the rescheduled Class of 2020 Commencement (Oct. 10-11). 

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SBU’s Chief Communications Officer Tom Missel told TAPinto Greater Olean Thursday that university officials will announce their decision on those events by the end of July as the university receives additional guidance from New York state on crowd sizes. New York’s Phase 4 reopening plan does not permit gatherings of more than 50 people. 

Missel said if the university officials decide to reschedule the events, they want to have plans in place before making an official announcement. 

University President Dr. Dennis DePerro previously promised SBU’s 2020 graduating class that at some point, they will have a commencement ceremony. 

“I will do everything in my power to celebrate graduation with you, on this campus, in a manner you deserve, sometime later this year,” DePerro said in a message to the class in May.

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