SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University will hold its spring commencement two weeks later than originally planned, following a semester already delayed by the pandemic, the school said Saturday.

The university announced that commencement will be held May 23, and that school and college convocations also will be held that weekend.

On Monday, the university announced it was postponing the start of its spring semester by two weeks, to Feb. 8, in order to reduce the impact of an expected post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases.

Interim vice chancellor and provost John Liu said in an online posting Saturday the university will have a decision on the format of commencement by April 1.

“We want nothing more than to host our graduates and their loved ones in person for this significant rite of passage. However, pandemic conditions and guidelines from New York State and public health officials will continue to guide our plans and ultimately determine whether we are able to hold Commencement in person,” Liu wrote.