To the Saint Anselm Community,
From the beginning of this global health crisis, our priority has been to act in the best interest of the health and well-being of the Anselmian community. This has led to several difficult decisions including the one we share with you today: We have decided to postpone Commencement to a later date.
While surely disappointing, we are guided by the fact that New Hampshire has implemented an advisory restricting non-essential travel and limiting gatherings to 10 people or less, which will remain in effect until at least May 4. With the real possibility the state will extend this advisory, and knowing it is unlikely the threat of COVID-19 will subside substantially by mid-May, our senior leadership team decided it was prudent to move Commencement from May 16 to a later date.
Make no mistake, we will hold Commencement and we promise to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 in a special way. I have established a Commencement Committee, to be comprised Br. Isaac Murphy, Dean Mark Cronin, Dean Alicia Finn, two faculty members and two members of the Class of 2020, who will make recommendations for the best time and method to hold this important celebration.
To be clear, all seniors who complete their course of study will have their Bachelor’s degree certified in May 2020. The conferral of the diploma will be part of the future Commencement exercises. As for other end-of-year activities and celebrations, we are reviewing each to determine the best course of action. We will communicate more as we make decisions related to those events.
As always, we sincerely appreciate how understanding you have been during these uncertain times. We so look forward to celebrating your achievements as soon as possible.
Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.