HBCU suspends classes for remainder of semester due to NC tornado

From NBC 17

RALEIGH, N.C. —Shaw University announced Sunday afternoon that it will suspend classes for the rest of the spring semester due to the damage caused by Saturday’s tornado.

“While we exist to educate these young men and women, our first priority is their safety and well being,” said Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin in a written statement. “With this widespread damage, we could not resume operations in time to continue classes over the next two weeks.”

There were eight days of classes left in the semester, as well as a week of exams. The University says graduation will go on as scheduled at the Dorton Areana on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. School officials say, “Grades will be assigned based on work done to this point in the semester, and the math and English competency exam requirement for seniors has been suspended for this semester only…”

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