A Commencement Note from Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., President
May 15, 2020
As final exams and senior thesis presentations come to a close, many students look forward to the next step in their lives and careers as they approach the end of their current educational journey. We are so proud of our undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree candidates. While I don’t think any of us thought the semester would end in the middle of a pandemic, we should all take a moment to appreciate that our students, faculty, and staff rose to the challenge and persevered.
To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we have launched a new initiative called “Congratulate a Graduate.” We will share these messages on our website and social media.
Sharable banner graphics for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for our soon-to-be graduates, proud parents, guardians, and extended family members are now available.
The top question I have received over the past three months is related to rescheduling Commencement, as I have committed to hosting this momentous occasion in-person with all the pomp and circumstance the Class of 2020 deserves. We continue to await recommendations and requirements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and our local municipality regarding the regulations surrounding large gatherings. I hope to receive that guidance soon and then review options with the College’s Board of Trustees in June.
As the ceremonies would have been May 21 and 23, we will send congratulatory messages via social media and email on those dates and in the time that follows. Digital degrees will be available for download on June 6, 2020.
All graduating students will receive a special Class of 2020 congratulatory package in the mail. Students, we hope receiving this surprise will help bring smiles to you and your loved ones while recognizing your accomplishment.
Once again, congratulations to all members of the Class of 2020! Even though we’re not together on campus, it’s still a great time to be a Gull.
Be well and stay safe.
Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.