May 9 face-to-face commencement postponed

From the Office of the President to Carlow University Faculty and Staff
Distributed: 03/20/2020
Posted: 03/20/2020


Dear Carlow University Faculty and Staff,

There are two new items I wish to update you on since my message yesterday.

Early this morning the PCHE Presidents met virtually with Pennsylvania’s Deputy Secretary of Postsecondary and Higher Education, Noe Ortega, to discuss the ramifications for higher education following Governor Wolf’s directive yesterday that all non-essential businesses close. While institutions of higher education are listed as non-essential, there are various functions/parts of a University that are essential and critical to ensure continuity of learning and continuity of service. The move of our university to virtual and online learning is an essential function. As well, all universities do have students living on their campuses with a majority moving off-site or home. The order does afford limited staff to care for students in residence halls and critical infrastructure needed to continue operations of our university, inclusive of IT infrastructure and other essential functions. Following the social distancing necessary, that will continue. I will keep you informed as the situation continues to unfold. The Presidents will continue to meet with Secretary Ortega twice a week for the next 3 weeks in conference calls to address questions during this changing time.

In light of the rapidly unfolding developments, the decision has been made to postpone the May 9 face-to-face commencement. Our Provost is convening a cross-sectional team representing faculty, staff and students to explore various options. We will make deliberate, well-thought out decisions with feedback from our community and all new information surrounding COVID-19. We will inform you as soon as a recommendation and a decision is finalized. The safety of our community remains our priority.

As we actively prepare to begin all classes in an online or modified format next week, we will continue to unceasingly work together as a strong community. Despite these unprecedented challenges, our commitment to our mission, vision, core values, and students is unwavering.

Suzanne K. Mellon, Ph.D.
President


University Communication to Carlow University Students

Dear Students,

This week updates on the COVID-19 spread have come with indications that the changing conditions may persist well into the Spring. Therefore, in light of the rapidly unfolding developments, the decision has been made to postpone the May 9 face-to-face commencement. A commencement team comprised of a cross-sectional team representing faculty, staff and students will be convened to explore various options. We will make deliberate, well-thought out decisions with feedback from our community and all new information surrounding COVID-19. We will inform you as soon as a recommendation and a decision is finalized. While we understand this news may be disappointing, we deem the safety of our community to be our highest priority.

Sincerely,

Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Timothy Phillips, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students