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Video message from President Dr. Brian Caputo
16. Message from the President of College of DuPage, April 6, 2020
College of DuPage Community:
First and foremost, let me begin by thanking our collective community of faculty, staff, and students for their perseverance during these unprecedented and rapidly changing times. I have been immensely proud as I have observed the resilience and sheer determination demonstrated by so many of you.
We are inundated with new information literally every day. Yet, so much about the coming weeks and months remains uncertain. Change is inevitable and we have witnessed firsthand the daunting impact that the coronavirus has had on many of our planned events and celebrations. To that end, I want to take a moment and discuss this year’s difficult decision regarding our commencement ceremony.
While none of us would have chosen to suspend our in-person graduation in the absence of extraordinary circumstances, please know that we carefully weighed a range of considerations before coming to a conclusion. In the end though, we recognized that it is our duty, as a public institution of higher education, to safeguard the health and well-being of all those associated with the College. Safety must remain the primary driver of our decisions.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has compelled us to accept that the road back to our usual lives will be much longer than anyone anticipated. Recently, we made the decision to continue online and alternative instruction through the end of the spring semester. This decision was based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and extended guidelines on social distancing from the U.S. President and Illinois Governor.
In what was one of the hardest decisions to make so far, we canceled the May 15 commencement ceremony because the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and College community is paramount. We must take into account CDC guidelines regarding events and an uncertain future that could extend restrictions well into the summer. We also need to balance the knowledge of environmental conditions with the sheer amount of planning and effort needed to prepare for and stage a ceremony –- one that attracts family and friends from around the country. Additionally, with new CDC guidelines designed specifically for events in areas that have increased confirmed cases, we did not want to take a chance and plan a summer graduation only to have to cancel it at the last minute.
As a parent myself, I am fully aware of what commencement means to graduates and their families and I am highly sensitive to that sentiment.
Understanding all of these considerations, College of DuPage earnestly desires to recognize our graduates and is planning a virtual commencement. As more colleges and universities across the country cancel their commencement ceremonies, many of them have announced virtual events. The creative ideas being discussed by our sister schools about virtual ceremonies are exciting to hear.
Some of our annual traditions will continue. For example, the College’s Outstanding Graduate selection committee has already chosen finalists and will conduct remote interviews with them in the coming weeks. These men and women deserve to be recognized for their hard work and achievements.
Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work, and College of DuPage will formulate a plan that will celebrate our graduates. Once the plan has been fully developed, we will share the details with you.
College of DuPage is more than just a physical building. It is a strong community with an ethos that centers on thriving – despite the circumstances. Distance does not divide us. Rather, we remain united as one.
Brian W. Caputo, Ph.D., C.P.A.
College of DuPage
- Through Friday, May 15, College of DuPage facilities on the main campus and at the regional centers will be formally closed.
- Only those faculty and staff who are explicitly approved by both their immediate supervisor and appropriate Cabinet officer will be permitted to enter the College's facilities.
- College faculty and staff should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible.
- No in-person class meetings or in-person laboratory sessions will be held.
- All instruction, including laboratory sessions, will be delivered online or through other alternative formats to the maximum extent possible through May 15.
All events (internal, hosted and rental at the main campus, COD regional centers, and the MAC) for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester are cancelled.
This includes the in-person Commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 15. Instead, the College will conduct a virtual Commencement ceremony. Details about the virtual Commencement ceremony will be announced as soon as its arrangements have been made.
If You Experience COVID-19 Symptoms
- If you or a person you know has traveled in the previous 14 days to an area that has seen any occurrence of the coronavirus and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.
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Help Stop COVID-19
The best way to prevent coronavirus is to reduce your exposure. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking the following steps to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people and people who are sick.
- Cover cough and sneezes and immediately wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.