AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn University will combine its spring and summer graduations, the university announced Friday afternoon. The graduations are contingent on public health circumstances but are scheduled for August 8-9.

“Although our spring graduates will already have their degrees conferred, we know how important this Auburn tradition is to our students,” said President Jay Gogue. “There is no academic ceremony more symbolic than commencement, and we understand what walking across the stage means to our students and their families.”

Traditionally, the summer commencement ceremony recoginzes 1,500 graduates across two ceremonies. Since the ceremonies will also include spring graduates, the university will add more ceremonies and extend commencement weekend to two days.

Spring graduates will receive an email in the coming days with more information about the change in plans. Graduates who choose not to participate in the summer ceremony can request a refund for the cap and gown they ordered.