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05/13/2011 08:21 am ET | Updated Jul 13, 2011

Spring Arbor University Delays Commencement After More Than 170 Students Fall Ill

After more than 170 students fell ill complaining of nausea and vomiting, Spring Arbor University has decided to delay commencement by one week. In all probability, a good idea.

The Detroit Free Press has more:

Officials at the school, about 90 miles west of Detroit near Jackson, said students report symptoms that match up with norovirus. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. It's spread through contaminated water or food.

Spring commencement was to be held on Saturday. It has been delayed one week to 2:30 p.m. on May 21.

The university has canceled all non-academic events this week until Sunday, including alumni events, a baseball regional tournament and other public-related events.

"Bringing that many people on campus is a danger, " Damon Seacott, Chief of Staff, told WLNS.com "It could spread all over the place if some of those folks get infected, so it was just a good idea to postpone."