March 25, 2020
Halfway through our first week of remote instruction, I have two more updates for you.
In light of today’s announcement and the increase of cases of COVID-19 in Nevada, I am now making it official that we will remain on remote instruction for the remainder of the semester. It just makes sense. Even if the public health situation improved before the end of the semester, it would be a further disruption to change course yet again. We all need as much certainty as possible in this wildly uncertain situation. I hugely appreciate everyone’s effort and understanding under these unique circumstances. I know this is challenging for everyone and the way you are all stepping up is impressive and moving.
It is also with great disappointment that I announce to you that the 2020 Spring Commencement is being postponed until sometime later in the year. There is simply no scenario in which it would be safe to convene thousands of you at the Thomas & Mack as early as May. I know how disappointing this situation is for our graduating seniors and their families. It is also our favorite day of the year, as we celebrate everything our graduates have accomplished and the many, many sacrifices that have been made by our students and people close to them.
You will have your ceremony – I promise you. We just can’t say when yet. We’re looking at a period sometime late summer or in the fall. And it will be a huge celebration!
Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility. Guarding your health and safety drives all of these decisions.
Marta Meana, Ph.D.
Note: Students who have fulfilled all the requirements will still graduate in Spring 2020. Commencement is the attendance-optional ceremony to celebrate students’ achievement with family and friends.