(Orangeburg, SC)– Acting on the advisement of university physicians to adhere to strict COVID protocol, SC State University Interim President Alexander Conyers has announced the university will postpone the parade set to celebrate the HBCU Football Championship win and other student accomplishments. The Parade of Champions was originally scheduled to take place this Sunday. No new date has been set.

“With the rise in COVID cases among our athletic teams and in the surrounding community, it is in the best interest of our students that we postpone the event,” said Conyers.

Just days before the community-wide celebratory event was to take place, athletics medical staff implemented COVID protocol after several student-athletes tested positive for COVID during routine testing. All students had been vaccinated. At least eight members of the Bulldog football team were asymptomatic and placed in isolation while contact tracing was conducted. Approximately 40 students on the football, women’s and men’s tennis, and track teams have been quarantined in accordance with COVID-19 protocol established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC).

“Our student-athletes are devastated that this quarantine requirement has caused them to miss this celebration of their accomplishments,” said athletics director Stacy Danley. “At the end of the day, we have to keep the health and well-being of our students as our priority.”

“We want to thank our university family as well as all of our community supporters and sponsors for all of the hard work they’ve put into celebrating our students,” said Conyers. “I know this collaboration is a labor of love towards our students. It is unfortunate and very disappointing, but we look forward to revisiting plans for an event in the future. These are the times we live in; still navigating a pandemic.”