In order to minimize contact with those beyond our campus community, the university will not permit in-person concerts or lectures involving outside attendees at this time. However, many events will continue to be held virtually, and the university continues to examine creative, safe opportunities for converting other events and activities into online formats. In-person activities for student organizations are planned to resume in the spring.
Student Organizations and Gatherings
In-person activities are currently not permitted but are planned to resume later in the spring semester. Details will be communicated as soon as in-person events and activities are able to resume safely. The Campus Activities Office has resources available to help students connect virtually, including student organization support drop-In hours, virtual campus events on campus groups, assistance with Zoom, virtual engagement opportunities and much more.
Similar to the fall semester, we anticipate in-person activities, including student organizations, club sports and access to fitness and recreation centers to begin once we are assured that the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus is low. Virtual events and other online programs are again being developed for the spring semester starting with orientation and move-in week programming.
On February 18, 2021, the Ivy League announced that its member institutions will not conduct intercollegiate athletics competitions in spring sports for the 2021 season. In addition, competitions for fall sports during the spring semester will not be held, and intercollegiate athletics competitions for winter sports will not be conducted.
We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our May 2021 graduates! We dearly hope that we can have an in-person ceremony; however, due to evolving New York state quarantine restrictions and limitations on in-person gathering sizes, it is too early to determine if this will be possible. We strongly discourage guests from making any non-refundable travel arrangements until the university’s plans are confirmed. Details on the expected format of Commencement celebrations will be announced in March 2021.
Class of 2020: We had hoped to host in-person Commencement celebrations for our newest alumni, the Class of 2020, on June 5-6, 2021. Unfortunately, holding an in-person event is not possible at this time. We are working to create a special recognition of our 2020 graduates during Virtual Reunion, June 11-12, 2021. Alumni Affairs & Development will share additional details those plans come together.
After consulting with alumni volunteers and campus partners, and carefully considering the continuing public health risk and uncertainty due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to host this year’s Reunion celebrations virtually instead of on campus as we had hoped. As with Virtual Reunion 2020, we welcome all alumni to participate in Virtual Reunion 2021 programming. Alumni are encouraged to visit the Reunion website for more information.