Ball State University Bookstore cancels cap and gown orders

<p>A student receives her doctoral hood at the summer commencement ceremony July 20, 2019, at Worthen Arena. <strong>Rohith Rao, DN</strong></p>

A student receives her doctoral hood at the summer commencement ceremony July 20, 2019, at Worthen Arena. Rohith Rao, DN

Graduating students who placed orders for their caps and gowns to be collected at Ball State University Bookstore for the spring 2020 commencement will not receiving them amid COVID-19 concerns.

Ron Sorrell, the bookstore's manager, in an email to its customers, said the store has cancelled the orders with its bulk supplier, Oak Hall Cap & Gown to "make refunds as easy and as quick as possible."

"Because COVID-19 continues to threaten the health and safety of our campus community and our visitors, it is not safe for customers to pick up their orders," Sorrell said.

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He said students will hear directly from Oak Hall about the cancelation of orders and their refunds. Students who would still like a cap and gown may order it from Oak Hall's website and have it shipped directly to them.

Sorrell also said that the bookstore shares the disappointment felt by graduating students. He said an announcement will be made about how the university will celebrate the May 2020 graduation.

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