U of M-Dearborn reverses self on no winter commencement

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan-Dearborn has reversed its decision to cancel its December commencement this year after students protested.

Provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Catherine Davy announced the cancellation Friday in favor of a single spring ceremony but reversed herself Saturday after emails and social media posts protesting the move by some of the campus's 7,000 students.

Davy apologized in a Facebook post for waiting too long to make the single-commencement announcement. She said, "Some students shared stories of hardships related to timing of the decision to eliminate the December commencement."

Davy now says the winter ceremony will be eliminated starting in 2021. She says the combined commencement will be held at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor to accommodate the size of the graduating class and family members.

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