SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento State’s president Robert S. Nelson issued an apology and a refund to graduates after the school announced there will not be an in-person commencement ceremony this spring.

Nelson said sorry Monday after previously promising students there would be in-person ceremonies this spring at the Golden 1 Center. Instead, the school will have a drive-thru “CARmencement.”

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In an email to the campus community, Nelson said the school had hoped the pandemic would be over “or at least contained enough to host in-person Commencement ceremonies once again in 2021. Sadly, we are not there yet.”

The CARmencement will be held on-campus in place of a formal commencement ceremony for 2020 and 2021 graduates.

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“I sincerely apologize to this and last years’ graduates. I promised that we would meet at Golden 1 Center, and we cannot. Your hearts are broken, and so is mine,” Nelson wrote.

The school is also refunding a $48 fee that covers the commencement ceremony.

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