The National Collegiate Landscape Competition has been canceled due to the travel and health impacts surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19).
For 43 years, the event (formerly Student Career Days) has been helpful for landscape and horticulture students, launching careers and building long-term relationships. However, event cancellations and postponements have become commonplace over the last few days, and the state of Michigan confirmed its first two cases Tuesday. Michigan State announced it would move to online classes only until April 20, and the NCLC announcement followed shortly after.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals wrote the following in its release:
"We want to recognize and thank the team at the Michigan State University Department of Horticulture, including Marcus Duck and Bradley Rowe, PhD, for the time and careful planning that they have put into what would have been an incredible event. Thanks also go to our event partners and competitive event sponsors who’ve put so much time into planning a fantastic experience for our student competitors. And, we thank the students and faculty who spent time and energy preparing for NCLC.The next National Collegiate Landscape Competition will take place in 2021 at Virginia Tech March 10-13."