ASU ending in-person classes early, moving up final exams

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Students walk across the bridge above University Drive the day before school opens on Aug. 19, 2020, at Arizona State University in Tempe. (Photo: Sean Logan/The Republic)

Arizona State University announced Friday that students will end in-person classes early this semester and switch to a fully remote learning model after Thanksgiving break.

Students received the email from ASU Provost Mark Searle at 4:20 p.m. The email also said that final exams will bump up a week and be held on the last day of class, now starting on Nov. 30 instead of Dec. 7. Also, graduation ceremonies will be held online only.

ASU announced Thursday that 1,580 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 1 as have 30 staff and faculty members out of 57,629 tests given — a 2.8% positivity rate. Although ASU’s positivity rate has been rising, a positivity rate of 5% is considered a good 

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ASU fall commencement to be held online, spring semester will continue with current learning model

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Arizona State University announced on Friday that COVID-19 has again forced the graduation ceremony to be held online and further changes to upcoming classes. 

The in-person, traditional fall commencement ceremony and special interest convocations scheduled for the week of Dec. 14 will now be virtual, the announcement said.

Northern Arizona University made the same announcement on Wednesday. 

Both universities said additional details about the now-virtual ceremonies will be released in the coming weeks.

All three state universities also canceled the spring in-person graduation events earlier this year.

Additionally, Session C classes will now end Dec. 4., and courses in the spring semester will continue to be offered both in-person and online, according to Executive Vice President and University Provost Mark Searle in the announcement.

In addition, all classes after the Nov. 26 and 27 Thanksgiving break will be held remotely only, according to the email. The final exam week

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