UC Davis changes beginning after 6 hospitalized due to extreme heat

UC Davis officials announced it’s making changes to Saturday’s graduation ceremony due to the forecast extreme heat. Friday’s ceremony was canceled midway through due to at least six people being hospitalized with heat-related illnesses. The UC Davis Fire Department received at least 36 calls for service related to the heat from people who were at the commencement ceremony on Friday morning, a UC Davis spokesperson told KCRA 3. At least six people were taken to area hospitals. The event started at 8 am but school officials said by 11 am, the field was getting too hot to continue. Now, students arriving for the ceremony on Saturday will immediately take their seats at 8 am without a processional. Students will hear from the commencement speaker Rep. Jackie Speier and other school officials before the ceremony ends at 9 am “We know that walking across the stage and having your name read is one of the most exciting and rewarding days in students’ and families’ lives,” a release from UC Davis read . UC Davis originally said those that didn’t get to walk across the stage on Friday can return for a separate ceremony on Sunday. But now, the school says those who don’t get to walk at either Friday or Saturday’s ceremonies will be invited to return to campus on a later date. “We appreciate your understanding and know this has been frustrating,” UC Davis said. Friday’s cancellation came as graduates attended the first in-person ceremony since the pandemic. Triple-digit temperatures are forecast in the Valley on Friday and Saturday.| VIDEO BELOW | Timeline for dangerous heat in the Sacramento area“Based on health and public safety concerns due to heat and at the urging of the UC Davis Fire Department, Fire Prevention Services, and Environmental Health and Safety, we had to end today’s commencement ceremony early,” UC Davis said in a statement. “We deeply regret that some students did not get a chance to walk across the stage.”UC Davis has planned two more undergraduate ceremonies through Sunday at UC Davis Heath Stadium. It’s unclear at this time if those ceremonies have been adjusted due to the heat. Sunday’s commencement speaker is Alfred S. Chuang, the founder and chairman of Magnet Systems Inc. UC Davis said that 7,000 students registered to walk in the ceremonies and 12,500 students and guests are expected at each ceremony.

UC Davis officials announced it’s making changes to Saturday’s graduation ceremony due to the forecast extreme heat. Friday’s ceremony was canceled midway through due to at least six people being hospitalized with heat-related illnesses.

The UC Davis Fire Department received at least 36 calls for service related to the heat from people who were at the commencement ceremony on Friday morning, a UC Davis spokesperson told KCRA 3. At least six people were taken to area hospitals.

The event started at 8 am but school officials said by 11 am, the field was getting too hot to continue.

Now, students arriving for the ceremony on Saturday will immediately take their seats at 8 am without a processional. Students will hear from the commencement speaker Rep. Jackie Speier and other school officials before the ceremony ends at 9 am

“We know that walking across the stage and having your name read is one of the most exciting and rewarding days in students’ and families’ lives,” a release from UC Davis read.

UC Davis originally said those that didn’t get to walk across the stage on Friday can return for a separate ceremony on Sunday. But now, the school says those who don’t get to walk at either Friday or Saturday’s ceremonies will be invited to return to campus on a later date.

“We appreciate your understanding and know this has been frustrating,” UC Davis said.

Friday’s cancellation came as graduates attended the first in-person ceremony since the pandemic. Triple-digit temperatures are forecast in the Valley on Friday and Saturday.

| VIDEO BELOW | Timeline for dangerous heat in the Sacramento area

“Based on health and public safety concerns due to heat and at the urging of the UC Davis Fire Department, Fire Prevention Services, and Environmental Health and Safety, we had to end today’s commencement ceremony early,” UC Davis said in a statement. “We deeply regret that some students did not get a chance to walk across the stage.”

UC Davis has planned two more undergraduate ceremonies through Sunday at UC Davis Heath Stadium. It’s unclear at this time if those ceremonies have been adjusted due to the heat.

Sunday’s commencement speaker is Alfred S. Chuang, the founder and chairman of Magnet Systems Inc.

UC Davis said that 7,000 students registered to walk in the ceremonies and 12,500 students and guests are expected at each ceremony.

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