Kansas State University has announced it is cancelling fall commencement activities this weekend.
Ceremonies in Manhattan and Salina had initially been planned for Friday through Sunday. K-State President Richard Myers said in a statement Tuesday that the decision was made following several days that have seen hundreds of new COVID-19 cases in its communities.
Capacity in the health care community was a major factor in the decision as medical providers and local hospitals are either at or beyond capacity due to the recent surge.
The university is planning a virtual recognition in December, with details to be published on the commencement website. Group tours are canceled and the event will be held outdoors to minimize risk for the limited number of participants.