Drury University to cancel classes on April 8 at its Springfield campus to encourage attendance at NCAA Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 1, 2013 — In an effort to allow Drury students, faculty and staff to travel safely to and from the NCAA Division II National Championship game on Sunday, April 7 in Atlanta, Drury will operate with a minimal staff at its Springfield campus on Monday, April 8. This means classes before 5 p.m. at Drury’s Springfield campus are canceled, and staff and faculty can travel back from Atlanta without using a personal day or vacation.

All classes after 5 p.m. in Springfield, and all classes at Drury’s branch campuses will go on as scheduled on Monday, April 8.

“We want the Drury community to have the opportunity to go to Atlanta to cheer on the Panthers,” President Todd Parnell said. “But we want to make sure they do it safely. This will allow fans to travel on Saturday, attend Sunday’s game and then make their way back to Springfield on Monday in time for evening classes.”

Housing and the cafeteria will be open on Monday, April 8, otherwise, Drury’s Springfield campus will operate as if classes before 5 p.m. were canceled due to weather.

Drury advanced to Sunday’s title game against Metropolitan State (Colo.) with a 107-97 victory over Western Washington at the NCAA Division II Final Four in Louisville on Saturday, March 30.

Sunday’s championship game will be broadcast on CBS at 3 p.m. Central Time. Locally, in the Springfield television market, the game will air on KOLR.