Tabor Academy cancels in-person classes, commencement

Apr 16, 2020

MARION — Tabor Academy announced April 16 that it would continue classes virtually through the end of the year, hold a virtual Commencement in May with hopes for a waterfront ceremony later and cancel Baccalaureate and reunion as a coronavirus prevention measure. 

The school will remain closed to students through May 22, the date its classes were set to end. The Orientation at Sea program for incoming students is cancelled, and Acting Head of School Julie Salit is waiting to make a decision on summer programming in June, July and August. 

“Thus far, our distance learning has gone remarkably well. Faculty and students alike opened the third trimester with an impressive amount of energy and enthusiasm for this new kind of schooling,” Salit said in the announcement. 

She acknowledged the decision was particularly difficult for Tabor seniors.  

“We will celebrate them in some virtual way on May 29, the originally scheduled Commencement day, as well as plan for them to reunite at some point this summer, if possible, for a ceremony on the waterfront,” she said in the statement 

Salit will continue monitoring the virus’ progression to decide on summer programs and will and share decisions as they are made.