COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

President Neville Pinto's message to prospective spring 2020 graduates:

As we have been closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, we have had to make many hard decisions that have greatly adjusted our standard campus operations and procedures. Throughout the decision-making process, we have had one primary goal in mind – maintaining the strongest and most authentic Bearcat experience possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our community.

Some of our most celebrated and anticipated Bearcat events are our Commencement ceremonies. As the coronavirus outbreak progresses, it has become increasingly clear that we must postpone our Spring 2020 commencement events in accordance with CDC guidelines on eliminating large gatherings to combat the coronavirus. This restriction impacts the undergraduate ceremony, doctoral hooding and master’s recognition ceremony, and professional degree ceremonies.

Graduation is a day you have worked toward since your first day on campus. We join you in your disappointment about this necessary change. Even if you were anticipating this decision, we know that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier. Throughout this time, I encourage you to reflect on all that you’ve accomplished as a Bearcat and that there is still so much to be celebrated.

Your Commencement is a celebration that UC faculty, staff, and I look forward to sharing with you and your loved ones. And yet, we know postponing is the right decision to ensure everyone’s safety and health. In the coming months, we hope to join together to mark this momentous milestone as one Bearcat family. We will be in touch with updates when more information is available.

In the meantime, I want to acknowledge the many sacrifices you are making in this time of unprecedented crisis. Please stay safe and know I wish you and your family the very best in the weeks ahead.

With gratitude,

Neville G. Pinto
President