Dear Cavalier community,
The effects of this extraordinary pandemic continue to ripple through every community and throughout every aspect of our lives. Today, we find ourselves wrapping up a bittersweet week. The final exams that capped off an unprecedented spring semester are complete. Although our graduating seniors are participating in the celebratory events of Senior Week, they do so in a virtual fashion. While we look forward to celebrating our graduates—undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral—with a Virtual Conferral of Degrees on Sunday, we also eagerly await a time to celebrate these graduates with an in-person ceremony.
But throughout these uncertain times, I continue to see the strength of our Cabrini community. The resiliency and determination of the Cabrini community is apparent. It’s in the way we find creative paths forward, in how we continue to take care of each other and serve those in need. It’s in the way we find new ways to battle isolation, and instead celebrate connection and community. It’s in the way we continue to be good citizens, to carry forward the ideals and values carried forth by our institution and by Mother Cabrini’s legacy.
I continue to be immensely thankful for and inspired by this community. Our Cabrini family has risen to the challenge, adapting to move forward with grace and compassion, in the face of a semester unlike any other.
As the spring semester ends and we move forward into summer, the institution continues to monitor the ever-changing data and guidelines surrounding this public health crisis, and continues to make decisions with the health and well-being of the Cabrini community as our top priority. In this spirit, we’d like to share the following updates.
Campus Access and Summer Course Modality
Cabrini’s campus is closed to all but essential personnel, as per Governor Wolf’s mitigation measures, and will remain so until it is safe to open campus in accordance with Governor Wolf’s phased reopening plan.
Due to the mitigation measures and outlook for their longevity in Delaware County, Cabrini has made the decision that all summer course offerings, graduate and undergraduate—Summer I, beginning May 18, and Summer II, beginning June 29—will be online only.
In-Person Commencement Ceremony
Cabrini is committed to celebrating the Class of 2020 graduates with an in-person ceremony, and we continue to monitor COVID-19 mitigation measures with regard to the event currently being scheduled for August 8.
We are preparing various models for the event that accommodate any and all potential restrictions, but, at this time, we cannot speak to what restrictions might be required August 8.
We will communicate further details closer to the date of the scheduled event, when we have a better understanding of what mitigation measures might be in place.
Fall 2020 Course Modality
We eagerly await a time when it is safe to welcome all of our students back to campus. We believe that the power of the educational experience can only be enhanced by the connection that comes with in-person interaction. As registration for the fall 2020 semester climbs, know that we will be prepared and hope to resume face-to-face classes at that time, in accordance with whatever mitigation or social distancing procedures might remain.
While we cannot guarantee when COVID-19 will be eradicated, or when a vaccine will be available, we can ensure that any campus reopening that includes face-to-face instruction is conducted with protections in place for the safety of all. We will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health officials. Because we don’t know what restrictions or mitigation measures might be required in the future, the University also is preparing all fall 2020 course offerings to be offered in other modalities as well, should such contingencies be necessary, and is preparing for a streamlined transition of modalities, should that be required at any point in time throughout the semester.
We will continue to provide regular updates and will announce our plan for fall 2020 as soon as we are able to make a decision.
CARES Act Funding
In addition to the previously announced financial adjustments for room, board, and parking, we are in the process of disseminating the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, intended to ease financial burden incurred as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to every eligible student.
We have developed a CARES Frequently Asked Questions page that further details the distribution process.
As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, we remain committed to serving you. Should you have questions or concerns not addressed in our President’s updates or at cabrini.edu/covidresources, you can reach out to us directly at email@example.com.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of each other.
In the Cavalier spirit,
Donald B. Taylor, PhD