Virtual acknowledgment planned for graduates, staff to continue remote work

University Communication to Faculty, Staff, Students
Distributed: 04/24/2020
Posted: 04/24/2020

Dear Carlow University Community,

In this time of rapid change and uncertainty, our top priorities continue to be caring for the health and well-being of our community, supporting all governmental directives designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, and enabling our students to complete the spring term with academic rigor and success.

Consistent with our commitment to transparency, below are a few updates:

Stay-at-home order and remote work

Recognizing that Governor Wolf has extended the stay-at-home order in Pennsylvania to May 8, University personnel will continue to work from home, as able, to serve student needs via virtual access and interaction unless otherwise notified by the University.

These personnel may visit the campus to retrieve supplies, if necessary, without any type of documentation while maintaining safe social distancing measures of at least six feet.

Additionally, in order to prevent people from sharing illness and consistent with Governor Wolf’s recommendation that went into effect April 19, all faculty, staff and students who visit campus should wear a mask.

Parking fees

Faculty and staff parking fees for April, May and June will be suspended. Accordingly, payroll deductions for these fees also will be suspended for this time period. If Governor Wolf extends the stay-at-home order beyond May 8, a communication will be sent to advise on the status of additional parking fee suspensions.


There are currently 25 staff working on campus in the areas of maintenance, housekeeping and grounds. They are all utilizing PPE (personal protection equipment) and continue to set up and maintain disinfecting stations in common and departmental areas.


As shared in President Suzanne Mellon’s April 15 communication, Carlow University has rescheduled its Commencement for December 20 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall at noon and the Baccalaureate Mass for December 19 at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 10 a.m. The Honors Convocation for May graduates will follow the Mass and be held in Antonian Theater from 1-2 p.m.

Members of the Commencement Planning Task Force and the Marketing and Communications Team are collaborating on a University-wide virtual acknowledgement for our May 9 graduates. This will include a personal video message from President Mellon; a video titled “How Are You Carlow Proud?” featuring messages from our Provost, Deans, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students; social media posts throughout the month of May with messages from graduating students, faculty, and alum; and a website presence that lists all graduates and their respective colleges, majors, minors, and honors.

All graduating students are encouraged to visit the Commencement FAQ on the University’s website. There they will find answers to commonly asked questions regarding diplomas, cap and gown orders, and graduating fees.

As we navigate through this unprecedented health crisis, we continue to live our Mercy values, serving and caring for each other while reaching out in acts of service to help the many around us who are in need. We are in this together, and we will overcome this together. Thank you.


The COVID-19 Rapid Response Team