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CSULB to hold virtual commencement this summer

The Long Beach State commencement department has begun planning a summer virtual commencement ceremony, according to an email sent to graduating seniors.

Graduates would be required to create a personalized slide that would include their name, degree, photo as well as a short quote or message. 

“Free and streamed online this summer, the virtual celebration will also feature remarks from President Conoley, campus leadership, and special guests,” the email stated.

Along with the announcement, a survey for seniors to submit was included in the email. Graduates have until 11:59 p.m. on May 2 to participate in the survey.

A physical commencement ceremony will likely occur in the fall according to President Conoley.

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Common symptoms:

● Cough                   ● Fever

● Tiredness            ● Shortness of breath

● Chills                      ● Shaking

● Loss of taste      ● Loss of smell

● Muscle pain        ● Headache

● Sore throat

Symptoms can begin to present one to 14 days after initial exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

How is it transmitted?

● Close contact with someone, such as shaking hands or hugging.

● Contact with droplets from a sneeze or cough.

● Touching of eyes, mouth or nose with dirty hands.

Are you at risk?

● Have you traveled to an affected area within the past two weeks?

● Have you had close contact with someone who is infected?

If yes to either, and you begin to present symptoms, call your doctor and ask to be tested. 

Prevention:

There is currently no treatment for COVID-19, but the CDC recommends measures to contain the spread of the virus.

● Self-isolate; avoid contact with others including pets; only leave your house for food or medical attention.

● Wear a face mask.

● Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds; sanitizer must contain over 60% alcohol to be effective.

● Clean “high-touch” areas every day.  

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● Avoid gatherings with more than nine people. 

 Alert health officials if you think you have COVID-19; monitor your symptoms.


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