We continue to make changes to university operations in order to address the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically at this point in the semester, we would be eagerly looking forward to final exams and to celebrating the academic and personal accomplishments of our students as we prepare for commencement. Unfortunately, this semester has been anything but typical.
Last week you learned of our plans to extend our suspension of on-campus activities for the remainder of the semester. After much deliberation and careful consideration of current local, state and federal guidelines, we have made the following additional changes:
- All commencement ceremonies planned for May 2020 have been postponed. This was a difficult decision to make and we remain committed to celebrating these graduates with an in-person ceremony in the future. I will soon appoint an ad-hoc committee of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty who will provide essential input as we explore options for recognizing the significant accomplishments of our graduates. For students who complete their academic programs in Spring 2020, degrees will be conferred as scheduled. Diplomas will be produced as usual and there will be no changes to the availability of transcripts.
- Additionally, all summer courses scheduled to be taught on-campus have been moved to online instruction. Academic departments will provide guidance and updates on experiential courses (i.e. clinical experiences, internships, etc.).
- Finally, all university-sponsored international programs and travel are canceled through August 10. Program directors will provide follow up information to enrolled participants.
I remain grateful for the many ways you have persevered during this challenging time. We look forward to a time when we can resume on-campus instruction, and in the meantime, you and your families remain in our prayers.