Just got this from VADM Buck.
This was a very difficult decision to come to, but due to the national impact of the coronavirus pandemic, I have decided to cancel our traditional Commissioning Week public events in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the entire Naval Academy family and local community, which has been my number one strategic priority since the onset of this pandemic. I know this is disappointing to all of us.
I still intend to accomplish my number two strategic priority, which is to graduate and commission each member of the Class of 2020. Our team is putting in countless planning hours to determine when, where, and how a virtual event will look.
Other traditional class milestone events, such as the Herndon Climb and Ring Dance, are suspended until social distancing protocols will allow for large-scale events.
I want to thank you all again, for your unwavering dedication toward our mission and in working to achieve my strategic priorities during the coronavirus. Please continue to practice social distancing and other enhanced hygiene measures as we get through this uncharted, uncertain, and unprecedented time, together.
V/r, VADM Buck