State Center Community College District classes will remain online through the summer due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and campus gatherings will be banned through June, Chancellor Paul Parnell announced Monday.

Graduating students may still be able to celebrate getting their diploma, although celebrations may be virtual. Parnell encouraged them to hold onto their graduation gowns for now.

The district initially had announced that the campuses would be closed through April 27, but on Monday Parnell announced that the closure is being extended.

Nursing and first responder classes will continue, but with social distancing in effect. The extended closure was recommended by the state community colleges chancellor, Parnell said.

Fresno State Closure Unchanged

State Center enrolls more than 67,000 students on five college campuses and college centers in Fresno, Tulare, and Madera counties.

Fresno State has not announced any changes to plans to continue classes online through May 22.

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