WAHPETON, N.D. ― The North Dakota State College of Science will decide this week whether it will hold graduation ceremonies amid a worldwide coronavirus crisis, according to a Saturday, March 21, news release announcing the suspension of in-person classes for the rest of the semester on its Fargo and Wahpeton campuses.

The school, which was on spring break through Sunday, March 22, previously announced with other state-run schools, including North Dakota State University, it would utilize distance learning and online classes in place of classroom education until April 3. Saturday's announcement extended that through the end of the school year.

“This was a difficult decision, as we value face-to-face teaching and learning,” NDSCS President John Richman said in a statement. “However, we feel this is the best decision to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our communities.”

The decision is similar to announcements made by other higher education schools in the state last week, including the University of North Dakota and NDSU. NDSCS will remain open with limited staffing, the release said. Other employees also can work from home.

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