Dear Member of the Class of 2020:
It has been more than four months since you officially earned your Rutgers University–Camden degree. Whether you are launching (or advancing) your career, pursuing an advanced degree, or working to strengthen your community, you are doing so with the grit, determination, and leadership abilities that define Scarlet Raptors everywhere. I am certain that you will succeed regardless of the challenges posed by COVID-19.
As you know, Rutgers was obliged to cancel its traditional May commencement ceremonies due to restrictions on public gatherings necessitated by the health dangers brought on by the pandemic. Even as we celebrated the Class of 2020 through creative online festivities in the spring, we also scheduled in-person commencement ceremonies for early December in the hopes that the pandemic would subside during the intervening months.
Sadly, as evidenced by current news reports about increases in COVID-19 infections, we no longer can adhere to that optimistic plan. It is clear that the pandemic has not abated and that in-person commencement ceremonies can pose a threat to everyone in attendance, including our families. In an effort to safeguard the health of our university community, the university has stated very clearly that no Rutgers events will be permitted on any campus through the end of 2020. As a result, we will not be able to hold the commencement ceremonies that we had hoped to have in December.
I know that this is disappointing news for you and your families. Rutgers–Camden will continue to develop opportunities to celebrate the achievements of our Class of 2020. You’ll soon hear from your school regarding some possible ideas. If you have suggestions, I encourage you to share them with your academic units:
- College of Arts and Sciences: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Graduate School: email@example.com
- School of Nursing: firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Business: email@example.com
- Rutgers Law School: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our commencement website for more details, including information regarding what to do if you already have purchased academic regalia.
While we will not be able to see each other in early December, Rutgers–Camden will be providing you with a keepsake booklet commemorating the Class of 2020. Please contact email@example.com update your mailing address.
I am sorry to deliver this news. You and your classmates have been nothing short of remarkable in your perseverance throughout this unprecedented situation, and Rutgers will do no less. We will not relent in our efforts to salute you.
Margaret Marsh, Ph.D.