Dear students, faculty and staff,
I pray that you and your families are safe and healthy during these challenging times. As we continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19, our executive team has met to review and consider a conscientious response to recent developments, specifically plans for our Commencement scheduled for May 9.
We recognize the meaning that Commencement holds for our students and families, and it is with deep regret that graduation events have been postponed. We are working to make plans to celebrate graduation at a later date in a way that will properly recognize and honor our graduates’ achievements. We know how disappointing this is to our students and their families. Please know that we share this disappointment. We will do everything we can to make this milestone event a special celebration when it is rescheduled and will communicate plans as soon as possible.
Please keep in mind that this applies only to the graduation ceremony and does not change the degree conferral date, which is at the end of each semester in which all degree requirements are completed. We recognize that, due to the current situation, some students may need flexibility and additional time to complete the required clinical hours to meet the graduation requirements for some degree programs as a result of closure of clinical training sites. If you were scheduled to graduate this Spring and you have questions regarding your degree conferral, please contact the Registrar directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be assured of my continued prayers for you, your family and the great commitment you have undertaken to serve those in need in our communities.
Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC, JD, JCL
Divine Mercy University