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Postponement of Spring 2020 Commencement

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April 7, 2020

Dear university community:

As we approach the end of the academic year, the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to keep us physically separated from our friends, families, and colleagues.

We remain hopeful that the situation will ease soon, but public health experts advise that guidelines for social distancing and travel may not be fully lifted before the end of the spring semester or term.

For these reasons, and to protect the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and their families, the University of La Verne will postpone 2020 Spring commencement ceremonies and related events.

We have heard from many graduates that they prefer postponement over cancelation or virtual celebrations.

We agree that the culmination of a student’s experience at the University of La Verne should be to have their name and degree announced as they walk across the stage in front of their families and friends, and so we are committed to preserving that honor and tradition in a safe and responsible manner.

As we move forward, we will continue to listen to our spring 2020 graduates to ensure their input informs our plans. We will survey them by email this week to gather their thoughts and preferences on next steps, and new dates will be announced as soon as they are determined.

It is important to remember that while events can be postponed, our joy and pride in our graduates will not be diminished or delayed. The class of 2020 is completing its studies with distinction in the most challenging of times, and they will be recognized for that accordingly.

Upon degree completion and certification, there will be no interruption in the issuance of students’ diplomas. We will also honor their achievement through a commemorative surprise.

We know this is difficult for our graduates, their families, and the many faculty and staff who helped them reach this beautiful milestone in their lives. We share the disappointment, but are comforted by the strength we have together as One Community.

Thank you all for your resilience, flexibility, and understanding during this challenging time.

 

Sincerely,

Devorah Lieberman, PhD
President