Nashville, Tenn. (TN Tribune)–Tennessee State University is moving forward with Commencement plans with Vice President Kamala Harris in light of her recent positive COVID-19 test.

TSU says the well-being of those attending is a top priority and guidelines were already planned prior to the announcement about the vice president’s positive test.  

Vice President Harris is scheduled to deliver the undergraduate Commencement address on Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. in Hale Stadium on the TSU main campus located at 3500 John Merritt Blvd.     

“We wish Vice President Kamala Harris a full recovery and a negative test result that will allow her to give the Undergraduate Commencement keynote address,” says TSU President Glenda Glover. “I am communicating with her staff personally and will receive updates on her status. I know that she is looking forward to her time with the TSU family during her historic visit to our campus.”    

TSU Emergency Management oversees the COVID-19 protocols and reporting for the University. 

 “The University had already begun planning health and safety protocols for both our graduate and undergraduate commencements because of the large crowds expected for these events,” says Dr. Curtis Johnson, chief of staff and executive director of Emergency Management at TSU.   “We will continue with some of the COVID-19 protocols that are currently in place and will follow CDC protocols to ensure everyone’s safety, especially considering how the new variants are impacting various states. It is important that those planning to participate and attend the Spring 2022 Commencement Exercises  help us by following the suggested guidelines.” 

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