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Dear 2020 Graduate Candidates,
These are certainly unprecedented times in our communities and around the world. I’m truly heartbroken by how the pandemic is affecting your final weeks as a Queens student.
While so much is still uncertain, I am reaching out today with a commitment to you – we will have you and your families back on campus at some point to celebrate commencement. It will not be on Saturday, May 2. But it will happen. Due to new guidelines and restrictions defined by the CDC, North Carolina, and Mecklenburg County Departments of Health, gatherings larger than 50 attendees are strictly prohibited for at least the next 8 weeks. While I agree with the need to make this change, I know that it has many difficult impacts, both practically and emotionally. Later today we will update the full community about our 2020 commencement, but I am writing to you, our graduate candidates first, as you will be most impacted.
Right now on campus, the leadership, faculty and staff are thinking of you and are deeply saddened by the effect of the health crisis on your experience. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I visited every residence hall as many of you moved out and were forced to say rushed goodbyes to your best friends and classmates. The pain and emotion generated by these circumstances was palpable and each of you have my sympathy. We are still faced with daily, difficult decisions as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters. And it’s not the same without you here.
We look forward to seeing your smiling faces again and celebrating your academic achievements like you deserve. Until then, best of luck in your online learning. And keep Queens in your heart. You are certainly in ours.
Ginger Marr, Commencement Coordinator
1900 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28274
Pam Reid, Office Manager, MSB
Student Accessibility Services
Cort Schneider, Director
Blair College of Health and Presbyterian School of Nursing
Holly Vanager, Compliance Communication Coordinator
Kathy Devlin, Manager
Cato School of Education
Somer Saunders, Recruiter/Student Support Specialist
Student Financial Services
College of Arts and Sciences
Shannon Bray, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies
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