A rash of illness at a university in Jackson County is going to delay commencement ceremonies this week. Nearly 200 of 1,700 students have turned up sick with a stomach virus at Spring Arbor University, about 20 minutes southwest of Jackson.
Why did the college decide to postpone graduation? It's all based on a recommendation from the health department. Spring Arbor consulted the Jackson County and state health departments when so many students started getting sick . Officials say it's very unusual to have a virus spread like this at this time of year and they don't want it to spread even more.
Spring Arbor has also canceled alumni events for this week, as well as sporting events, but final exams are still on. Some students say they're upset graduation has been moved, since their families had already made travel plans for this weekend. Officials say it was the only choice they had.
Damon Seacott, Chief of Staff: "Bringing that many people on campus is a danger. It could spread all over the place if some of those folks get infected, so it was just a good idea to postpone."
Graduation is rescheduled for next Saturday, May 21st at 2:30p.m. All non-academic activities will resume Sunday.