Alternative plans being sought.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Maria College is making alternative plans for 2020 Commencement. We recognize our responsibility to the students and to the community.
Click here to read full communication from Maria College President, Thomas Gamble, PhD sent to the Maria Community on Friday, April 3.
From Dr. Gamble’s Letter:
This in no way alters the fact all our students eligible for graduation will have their degrees conferred upon the completion of the Spring 2020 Semester. In the last few weeks we have had to make difficult decisions with the safety and health of our students in mind. None of this is desirable – nor is there a precedent for it in our lifetimes.
However I want to keep a few things first and foremost: no matter what adaptations we have to make, you will always have your well-earned sense of accomplishment and completion for finishing your Maria degree.
Commencement is the highlight of our academic year, where we get to celebrate and applaud your accomplishments, knowing how much went into each and every degree earned. You will have your moment, and I will be right there with you – alongside the faculty, friends, and family members who helped you along the way.
To plan for this day of celebration we will be reaching out to you, through surveys and other means, to get your perspective on how best to memorialize your achievements.
On October 16, the Maria community gathered for a Virtual White Tea ceremony to celebrate the 2020 Nursing graduates. Thank you to all those who participated! For those who missed this event, here is the event link: https://youtu.be/IynS7wncZPE