May 29 - Return to Campus Update

Dear Marymount Community,
As mentioned in my email to you last week, I will be providing weekly email updates once again as we turn our attention from COVID-19’s impact on the spring semester to our aim of reopening campus for Fall 2020. Marymount’s Return to Campus Task Force is in the process of finalizing an overarching plan that prioritizes the health and safety of the entire University community while also preparing for face-to-face instruction and on-campus classes. Once this plan is approved, it will be communicated to all of you as quickly as possible.
For now, please read below for important information to note this week:
Face Covering Requirement
Starting today, Gov. Northam’s Executive Order 63 is in effect, which requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Any person age 10 and older must wear a mask or face covering at all times while entering, exiting, traveling through and spending time in the following public settings:

  • Personal care and grooming businesses
  • Retail (including grocery stores and pharmacies)
  • Food and beverage establishments
  • Entertainment or public amusement establishments when permitted to open
  • Train stations, bus stations and on intrastate public transportation, including in waiting or congregating areas
  • State and local government buildings and areas where the public accesses services
  • Any indoor space shared by groups of people who may congregate within six feet of one another or who are in close proximity to each other for more than 10 minutes

Exemptions to these guidelines include while eating and drinking at a food and beverage establishment; individuals who are exercising; children under the age of two; a person seeking to communicate with a hearing-impaired person, for which the mouth needs to be visible; and anyone with a health condition that keeps them from wearing a face covering.
Campus Visitor Policy
With recent announcements addressing the lifting of certain restrictions in different jurisdictions, we would like to remind non-essential Marymount personnel to use the Visitors Log if you need access to campus. Once Campus Safety officers have confirmed your log entry, you will be provided a visitor badge for access to campus. If you have any questions related to this policy, please contact Margaret Lopez from Campus Safety & Security at or 703-908-7545.
Commencement Activities
In positive news, we finally get to celebrate the Class of 2020 and all of its accomplishments this weekend! Our graduates will participate in the Graduation Parade safely inside their vehicles this afternoon starting at 1 pm. It will start near main campus, travel south to the Ballston Center and then conclude back at the Main House. I’m looking forward to cheering on our Saints!
And of course, our virtual commencement ceremonies (Undergraduate and Graduate) will be online this Sunday. While we would’ve loved to have been together in person for them, I’m sure our graduates will appreciate the effort that went into making these ceremonies a success, and will remember them for years to come.
Be safe and healthy, and God bless,
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.
Marymount University
Main House
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
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