Dear University of Northwestern Community,
Given the uncertainties of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Senior Leadership Team and I have made the decision to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, originally scheduled for May 16. We have also decided to extend virtual learning through the summer.
We know the postponement of graduation ceremonies is a disappointment to our students and families, as well as to our faculty and staff who looked forward to celebrating this milestone with our Class of 2020. However, we are making this decision out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our community.
Details about the date, time, and venue for commencement will be forthcoming.
For continuing students, the decision has been made to extend our virtual learning community through the summer. This will require that all summer academic programs and courses will be converted to virtual delivery, as feasible. All summer semester online courses will be offered as scheduled. While this type of learning may be new to some students, it is not new to Northwestern. We have been delivering exceptional online education since 1994.
Though summer is still weeks away, deadlines for summer offerings are approaching quickly. Many of you may have questions about specific programs and courses offered this summer. Details about summer offerings, dates, and fees will be provided in the coming days.
We will continue to follow direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the federal government. Northwestern’s coronavirus web page and FAQs will continue to be updated regularly with additional information and resources.
Please continue to be in prayer for the safety and wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff. The adjustments required in previous weeks have not been easy, but I am proud of how we have come together and made a successful transition to a full virtual learning community.
With gratitude and appreciation,
President Alan Cureton