Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
President Mauri Ditzler sent the following e-mail this afternoon:
Since March 13, just a little over two weeks ago, we have been presented with a rapidly changing global health crisis; information and guidance that continues to develop by the day and sometimes by the hour; and a Stay Home, Stay Safe order from our state’s governor.
We first responded by moving classes online to ensure that social distancing could be implemented appropriately, and then by closing campus when it became necessary for everyone’s safety. I am personally so sorry that, whether you are a senior preparing to graduate or a first-year student enjoying your new home in Albion, the Albion experience you’ve grown to love has been swiftly interrupted. It stinks.
Especially for our seniors, we are all proud of you and we will find ways to celebrate your accomplishments, even though Commencement has been postponed until a time when it is safe to hold a large gathering on campus. Potential dates are being discussed and a new date will be shared with you as soon as it is set.
For students who are eager to return to in-person instruction—we are eager to welcome you back! I have heard some concern that classes might continue online this fall. Rest assured that we have every expectation that come fall semester, the COVID-19 pandemic will be controlled and campus will again be open with in-person classes.
In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out to the Office of Academic Affairs with feedback about how your classes are going online. I hope you would also share any ideas you have about how your classes can be even more valuable and engaging in this new temporary format.
Again, we can’t wait to have you back on campus. And we are excited to see you in Albion this coming fall.