CEC Recognition Ceremony

Spring 2020 - Message from Dr. Greg Crawford

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations and guidelines outlined from the Ohio Department of Health, we have cancelled our College/School recognition ceremony on May 16/17.

Dear Miami Community,

As we navigate the changing COVID-19 landscape, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local communities is our top priority. I am heartened by the way the Miami community has stepped up to take on this challenge. The past two weeks have been like none other in most of our lives. I wish to thank our incredible faculty and staff who have quickly adapted to deliver instruction and student support services remotely, and to especially thank our students for their flexibility, understanding, and their commitment to complete this semester from a distance.

Just last Monday, we all learned of Ohio’s first positive test for the coronavirus. In the following days we shifted to remote operations - first course instruction and then administrative as well. At first through April 12, and now through the end of the semester. We are continuing to evaluate the still rapidly developing impact of the coronavirus, and based upon the input of public health professionals and modeling from public health officials, I have determined that we can no longer plan to hold a commencement ceremony in Oxford on May 16.

We treasure commencement, and the opportunity to celebrate the success of our graduates with their families, friends and loved ones. While the ceremony in May is canceled, we are exploring other, creative options to bring together our graduates and their families at a later date. In the coming weeks we hope to provide you with our plans for the Class of 2020.

We know this is extremely disappointing; it was not an easy decision to make, and it is one we would have preferred to have been otherwise, but we must put safety first. Most importantly, it should not take away the pride you feel in your accomplishments, or the connections you have made here at Miami. The Class of 2020 has had a positive, lasting impact on Miami, and we will all celebrate your time here, even if it is ending differently than any of us expected. This is not the end of your Miami story, but the beginning of your journey as Miami alumni, and we look forward to seeing all of you back here many times over the coming years.

We will continue to keep you informed of new developments and new actions as they are taken. Please continue to visit this site, MiamiOH.edu/coronavirus for more information, as we are updating the site frequently to keep you up-to-date.

I am inspired as I watch our students, faculty, staff, community members and alumni respond to this health emergency with compassion, love and honor. This is who we are, we are Miamians and as our Governor and fellow Miamian assures us “We will get through this.” Together.

Love and Honor

Gregory P. Crawford

All commencement activities, including divisional ceremonies, in May are cancelled.

For more information about how Miami University is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit:   https://www.miamioh.edu/coronavirus/