Dear Marymount Community,
Congratulations on your first day of online classes!
We are so thankful that technology allows us to continue remaining fully operational, despite the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). I’ve already received many positive reports from faculty, who have commented on how students are engaged and appreciating their connections with classmates.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and overall community is our top priority. As a result of the recent COVID-19 developments, we have decided to do the following:
We will now be extending the online-only class period through the end of the spring semester, including final exams. I am grateful for our agile and quick-thinking faculty, who have handled this transition with such short notice.
To our students – despite these unsettling circumstances, please know that we are committed to your educational progress and helping you succeed academically. I encourage you, once again, to check out our new Keep Learning page, which has more info on how to adapt to the online format.
For faculty, we also have a Keep Teaching page that includes tips, tricks and strategies for taking your class online.
Our Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies on May 16 and 17 have been canceled. In adherence to CDC guidance advising against large gatherings, we are exploring alternative options for our traditional commencement events. Our commencement activities typically draw hundreds of people, many of whom belong to high-risk groups like older adults and very young children. To best avoid the potential of spreading the virus to a large amount of people, we are considering other ways for graduates to still celebrate this momentous occasion in their lives. More details are forthcoming.
We made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the spring athletic season and all recreational activities. This is in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of all remaining winter and spring championship tournaments. Our athletic conference, the Atlantic East, has also canceled the remaining spring season for all of its teams as well.
We know there are many questions regarding housing and parking policies. You will receive specific details for those plans soon. As for now, Marymount’s residence halls remain open and we are closely monitoring our plans to continue housing operations, especially for students unable to return home at this time. Resident students are strongly encouraged to watch for important updates from our Office of Student Living in the days ahead.
Starting tomorrow, you can expect a “Daily Update” email announcement with all of the latest information from various departments in the University. It will also be included on our website with extended details, in order to help you stay up-to-date with decisions that are being made by the University during this crisis.
This has been a stressful few weeks for all of us – in the interest of spreading comfort and encouragement during this time, I’d like to share the following prayer:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Lastly, please know that we will get through this and we will be a stronger University community. Continue to be safe, practice social distancing and lean on your fellow Saints as we move towards the end of the semester.
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
Questions about COVID-19? Call our hotline at 703-284-5782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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