–The Class of 2021 will be honored during a special on-campus senior celebration event on Sunday. Volunteers can sign-up at the link below.
–Ursinus will welcome a smaller gathering of high school juniors and their families for an open house the morning of Saturday, May 1.
–A reminder that all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester–and to kindly let us know when that happens.
Dear Campus Community,
Over the course of the past year, I’ve often said that the hallmark of an Ursinus education is the residential experience that our students have come to expect. It’s an experience that, in many ways, hasn’t been the same since last spring when COVID-19 altered how students live and learn–both on campus and off. We’ve done our very best to maintain some normalcy in a year that has been quite the opposite, and our students have responded by remaining optimistic and flexible. I am still in awe of their resiliency and ability to meet the challenges of the past year head-on.
As we approach the end of the semester, we’re ramping up our plans for a celebratory commencement weekend in mid-May. But before we reach that point, I’m pleased to share with you that we’re going to be honoring the Class of 2021 during a special on-campus senior celebration event on Sunday, May 2, with live music, food trucks, and more.
The event is only open to members of the graduating class, who were invited to pre-register for timeslots beginning Monday, April 26. All attendees will participate in testing on campus before the event and all other COVID-19 guidelines will remain in effect. In order accommodate the festivities, all cars must be removed from the gravel lot, where the classroom tents are located, by 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29.
I know that this doesn’t replicate some of the experiences that our seniors would have liked to have throughout the academic year, but given all that they have endured, it was important to me, as president, that they close out the year with the celebration they deserve. All faculty and staff wishing to volunteer for this event can do so by signing up online at https://go.ursinus.edu/SeniorEventVolunteering.
This weekend we will have the opportunity to warmly welcome some additional visitors to campus. On the morning of Saturday, May 1, we’re hosting a small open house for prospective high school juniors and their families. Like our Admitted Students Day events earlier this month, Saturday’s junior open house will be highly structured in order to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment. According to contact tracing, there were zero incidents of transmission from those earlier events, and our expectations for this smaller event are just as stringent.
As I communicated to you last week in my announcement of our fall semester plans, we are committed to a full residential experience next fall and in order to be successful, we need to have as many students, faculty, and staff vaccinated before the start of the fall semester as possible. As a reminder to students, please report that you are fully vaccinated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated should visit https://ursinus.edu/vaccinations and click on the form that can be found in the “Fully Vaccinated Information” section.
I’m looking forward to celebrating both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 during commencement weekend in just a few weeks. Please join me in helping to make the end of the semester a memorable one for our graduates.
President Brock Blomberg