Ongoing Commencement planning
March 1, 2021
Message to graduating students
As we conclude the second week of classes, I wanted to reach out to check in with you and share some important UC resources. While some aspects of college life are different this year due to COVID-19, I want to remind you that there is still so much you can do to take advantage of all that UC has to offer and to build community with your fellow Bearcats. Additionally, I encourage you to take time to relax and connect safely with friends this weekend.
As we approach Labor Day Weekend, please remember your commitment to the Bearcat Bond and our shared responsibility in keeping our community safe during the pandemic. Information regarding safe practices and UC guidelines can be found on the COVID-19 website. As university officials have been making rounds on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods, we have observed a high level of compliance with facial covering and social distancing requirements. We greatly appreciate your continued cooperation with these guidelines as they are our best defense against viral transmission.
We have also had excellent compliance with our procedures for isolation and quarantine and appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this challenging process. If you are in isolation or quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test or exposure to someone with a positive test, please follow the guidance of contact tracers that will follow up with you. Contact tracers from the Cincinnati Health Department are reaching out for information critical to tracking the spread of the virus. Additionally, please be sure to follow University Housing staff directions in order to ensure we are able to keep you and our community safe. Thank you, in advance, for your full cooperation with the efforts of these essential teams to prevent greater spread of the virus.
This weekend, I encourage you to take some time to check out CampusLINK to explore student organizations, meet other Bearcats, and find virtual and in-person events (adhering to safety guidelines, of course). In addition, visit Student Affairs for a listing of over 20 departments that provide ongoing programming and support services to enhance your collegiate experience at UC. Next, connect with the Learning Commons for academic support and success programming to enhance your academic experience. The Learning Commons offers course-specific support, as well as time management, online learning resources and more that can help you to be successful in college courses. Finally, I encourage you to take care of your mental health and well-being. The Student Wellness Center provides proactive wellness education, resources, and non-judgmental support. Counseling & Psychological Services provides mental health care and consultation 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff for support.
Please remember you can always reach out to me for support. Your safety and well-being is the university’s top priority. And, remember: #UCmyMask and #MasksOn!
In Bearcat pride and spirit,
Juan R. Guardia, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students