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Letter to Class of 2020 from Chancellor Moloney

Dear 2020 Graduates,
While it may not come as a surprise, I am disappointed to have to share that UMass Lowell will join a growing number of institutions across the country and postpone our May Commencement exercises. 
After consulting with River Hawk student leaders, and in light of the current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions wisely put in place by public health organizations at the state and federal levels to halt the spread of the virus, any large gathering is simply not possible.
I want to be very clear that we are postponing Commencement. It is not canceled. While we don’t yet know when, UMass Lowell will hold a ceremony to honor your achievements and provide your family and friends the opportunity to celebrate your resilience and the unique challenges you will have overcome to earn your degree.
I know my disappointment and sadness at this decision is only a fraction of yours. But please know this is one of the hardest and most heartbreaking communications I’ve sent as Chancellor. No part of my job provides me with more inspiration and more energy that the flood of positive emotion that emanates from graduates, faculty, families and friends every mid-May in the Tsongas Center. And I know that’s true for countless members of the UMass Lowell community.
This isn’t the senior year or the final semester at UMass Lowell you were envisioning or deserve. But in the meantime, faculty and staff are working very hard to ensure you have the information and resources you need to complete your degree. Please reach out to your professors and academic advisors if you have questions or concerns. 
More details about contact information and available resources can be found in this announcement. And please regularly check the university’s COVID-19 webpage for updates.
Everyone at this university is here to support you. I think there may never be a louder cheer on this campus than when our 2020 graduates are ultimately able to walk across the stage and receive the recognition you’ve earned. I can’t wait to celebrate with you.
Jacquie Moloney
Chancellor, UMass Lowell