Dear Class of 2021,
As we continue to monitor and assess how the coronavirus pandemic will impact our spring semester, we wanted to share our current course of action regarding your previously scheduled Commencement celebration on May 9 so that you may plan accordingly.
We have every intention of proceeding with an in-person celebration to the greatest extent we are able. While we cannot predict what pandemic-related guidelines will be in place for May, we do know that we will be unable to welcome individuals to campus on a larger scale due to the statewide restrictions on gatherings.
Unfortunately, this means that families, friends, faculty and staff who are not officially part of the ceremony will be unable to physically join you on campus. A virtual option will be available so that all may celebrate this important milestone with you.
This news is yet another disappointment for our community amid a pandemic that has caused significant loss to so many. We know it is especially difficult for you, and we have not forgotten what this ceremony means to you. We do hope that families can travel safely to Rhode Island and celebrate post-ceremony within the guidelines set forth for tourism and restaurants. Our hotel partners are able to accommodate Salve Regina families during this time.
As a mercy institution, we must continue to ensure that the health and safety of our entire community remains the highest priority, and we must continue to abide by protocols that limit gathering size and visitors on campus. This is particularly true when facing the latest news of a potential spike in cases this April or May due to variant strains of the coronavirus.
We are looking at a number of options for your celebration based on current and projected COVID-19 guidelines. We will send you specific information pertaining to the logistics of your ceremony as well as any senior week or celebratory activities once further details are determined. We anticipate sending this information within the next two weeks. Please stay tuned. You may also check our Commencement website for the latest information.
Thank you for your patience as we move forward in planning for a safe celebration of your achievements. We do look forward to seeing you process in your caps and gowns as has been the tradition, and we all certainly look forward to the day when you as graduates and your families can gather on campus together.
Kelli J. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Nancy Schreiber, Ph.D.
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs