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Lees-McRae College has closed its doors to the public, switched its classes to an online format and rescheduled its Spring commencement ceremony in response to COVID-19.

BANNER ELK — As the state plans to lift stay-at-home restrictions in phases over the next several weeks, Lees-McRae College has canceled all summer conferencing and events, including the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season and the remainder of the FORUM season.

This announcement extends the previous July 1 closure through the remainder of the summer until classes resume in the fall. At this time, the college plans to resume all in-person classes and events in August.

In addition to the popular community programs, all other summer events are canceled. This includes the New Opportunity School for Women summer session, Frolic alumni weekend and both academic and athletic camps. The college community membership program will also be suspended until the fall.

“More than ever, summer is a time for our college to connect with the community through exciting events and opportunities to be involved,” stated Lees-McRae President Lee King. “However, what is more important is the continued safety of both our college community and the High Country as a whole. It saddens me to cancel these events, but we will keep our focus on reopening in the fall and reuniting the college and the community back together at that time.”

The three shows previously planned for the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre 2020 season — The Drowsy Chaperone, America’s Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story and Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical — will be postponed to summer 2021.

Ticket refund information for Lees-McRae Summer Theatre will be shared at lmc.edu/summertheatre. FORUM patrons will be contacted directly regarding refunds.

For all other Lees-McRae event-related questions, please contact Director of Events and Meetings Jesse Shuler at shulerj@lmc.edu or (828) 898-3652. Stay up to date with the latest information at lmc.edu/coronavirus.

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