Creighton University’s president revealed Friday that there will be no standard commencement ceremony in May.

Concern about large gatherings and exposure to the coronavirus compelled the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson to cancel graduation and related activities May 14-16.

Creighton joined Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln and other colleges across the nation in calling off conventional graduation ceremonies this spring.

“We are looking at other, creative ways to significantly recognize and celebrate our graduates, and will share that information as soon as it is available,” Hendrickson wrote.

The threat of the virus has prompted most schools and colleges to go to online classes this semester so that large groups of students don’t gather on campus.

The disease is spread by droplets propelled by coughing or sneezing. Health authorities have ordered “social distancing,” encouraging people to stay 6 feet from one another.

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