April 15, 2020

Message from IP Eanes: Commencement Postponement

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

In these uncertain times we have all had to reengineer how we live our personal, educational and professional lives to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. It is for this reason that Chancellor Matos Rodriquez has had to make the unimaginable decision to postpone commencements across the university system.

This difficult decision is in the interest of graduates, faculty, staff and families’ good health. As the chancellor noted in his announcement shared with you earlier in the month, “With all public gatherings currently prohibited and no way to know how long this will continue to be the case, colleges simply cannot begin choosing dates, even if for later than usual, securing venues and taking all the logistical steps that go into planning a successful commencement.”

We at York understand the disappointment and inconvenience this has caused our students, who have worked so hard to achieve this milestone moment. Families were poised to attend and applaud their children, siblings, grandchildren, spouses, et al.

Some made travel arrangements to come in from other countries to celebrate this singular achievement in their individual students lives; but wisdom dictates that in these perilous times, we must use caution to preserve health and lives. We know, the impact of this delayed gratification is significant. We share your pain and implore you not to lose hope.

Of course not being able “to march” will have no impact on receiving your hard earned diploma. They will be awarded in the time frame consistent with that of previous graduating classes. We encourage you to remain steadfast in your resolve to complete your course load via our new distance learning model; and to take care of yourselves to stay healthy in mind and body.

We all look forward to the time when we can reschedule your Commencement events. You have weathered the most unthinkable crisis and deserve to be rewarded with the acknowledgement of a commencement ceremony and the usual fanfare.

As the chancellor says, “If any group of graduates deserves a chance to mark its achievements, it is the resilient Class of 2020.”

I share his sentiment and look forward to that day