Dear Morgan Community,
The situation that our nation now faces with the rising spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is of serious concern. As has been previously expressed, we are in uncharted territory with this pandemic, and necessity dictates that we navigate it in real time. Almost daily, new cases of Marylanders infected with COVID-19 are being reported, and the need for social distancing is imperative. Still, to best support the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and to protect the health of our campus environment, the University must be proactive. To this end, the University must continue to implement campus-wide measures that are consistent with the directives and guidance from federal and state government and public health officials. Although there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Morgan campus, this fact does not preclude us from taking action now.
In accordance with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House and the Maryland Governor’s office regarding gatherings of people, in addition to the recommendation of the Maryland Higher Education Commission and our own careful consideration and deliberation, the University has decided to take the following actions:
Please know that these decisions were made with thoughtful consideration of the needs of our students, particularly as it relates to graduation. Commencement is a very special occasion, and a great deal of care went into the recommendation to postpone it for health and safety reasons. Let me be clear — Morgan will have a Commencement for the graduates — though, at this time, again, we don’t see that happening in May.
This is a global crisis, and Morgan is certainly not alone in facing it. Across the nation, many other institutions of higher education are having these same conversations and deliberations on their campuses. None of us are aware of exactly when this all will end and things can go back to normal. However, we do know that Morgan cares about its students, faculty and staff and holds your well-being as a top priority.
We will continue to monitor this situation, and we promise to continue to communicate with our Morgan community.
Please continue to check the University’s COVID-19 update/information webpage.
David K. Wilson, Ed.D.
Morgan State University