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May 14 - To the Class of 2020: Commencement date

Dear Class of 2020,

First, a most sincere "Congratulations" on your success. It was not easy and required you to meet the challenge with resilience and grit. Be proud of your ability to rise above and go beyond perhaps where you once thought you could go. Salve Regina University is very proud of you!

I hope that you will be able to watch the virtual conferring of degrees on Sunday, May 17 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be viewable on the Class of 2020 webpage. I know we all wish we were together in person, but do not let that disappointment get in the way of celebrating all that you (and your parents/families) have achieved throughout your studies at Salve.

I wanted to announce plans for your in-person celebration as soon as possible, and prior to Sunday. As many of you are aware, the University has been working with state and local agencies on plans to reopen our campus in the fall. While we had hoped to also celebrate your Commencement this fall, given the phased approach Rhode Island is taking to reopen and its dependency on a steady decline of cases over various 14-day periods, it is nearly impossible to predict when large events such as Commencement could be held on our campus. We do not feel it would be fair to you to have to cancel a Commencement celebration twice, nor do we want to hold your ceremony elsewhere. For these reasons, we believe that celebrating in person with you would be best done on May 16, 2021.

The Class of 2021 will be celebrating its Commencement the weekend prior to yours. This will give your class the opportunity to not only celebrate in the manner you were supposed to, but also the opportunity to participate in a few other activities over the weekend that we will have more time to plan and coordinate with your input. Further details on these activities, as well as information on hotels and potential housing that weekend, will be sent soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend, relish in all you have accomplished and save the date for May 16, 2021!

Congratulations again and my very best wishes to you for the future. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus.

Sincerely,

Nancy Schreiber, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs