EAC cancels spring commencement, enhances social distancing guidelines


GLOBE — After much reflection and in consultation with public health officials, EAC announces that all spring commencement exercises will be canceled. In addition, to help slow the spread of COVID19, EAC is implementing even more stringent social distancing policies.

“We regret that the Class of 2020 will not enjoy a traditional celebration with their classmates,” stated EAC President Todd Haynie. “We know how disappointing this decision will be to so many, but feel it is the responsible thing to do at this time. Our team is looking at alternate ways to celebrate our graduates’ achievements.”

EAC courses are still scheduled to move to remote learning when classes begin on Monday, March 30. Because each class is different, instructors will directly contact students to discuss how to make this successful for everyone.

Out of an abundance of concern, EAC encourages students, faculty, and staff to follow these guidelines:

  • If any student, faculty, or staff member has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms, they are encouraged to not come to campus and contact their healthcare provider.
  • If any student, faculty, or staff member has traveled to another country or state during spring break, self-quarantine is recommended for at least 14-days when they return. In addition, out of an abundance of concern, EAC announces the following:
  • Supervisors will coordinate flexible schedules when employees begin work on March 23.
  • EAC Gila Pueblo Campus will be closed to the public, but staff will still be available to help. “The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority,” stated EAC President Todd Haynie. “We know this is a great deal of information to process and we will provide ongoing support to enable our students to be successful in spite of this challenge.” EAC will continue to monitor the situation and will provide instruction and updates as appropriate on the College website – www.eac.edu and through other official channels. Decisions will be based solely on official reports from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Graham County Department of Health Services.

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