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Commencement and Events

Commencement May 2020 Update

March 27, 2020

Dear Graduates,

As a follow-up to my communication on March 20, 2020, I am pleased to let you know that in collaboration with the Provost and Dean of Students, I have formed a University Commencement Task Force.

This Task Force is comprised of key representatives from across the University and most importantly, members of the Class of 2020. The five Class of 2020 student representatives were selected based on their strong leadership experience.

Members of this Task Force are as follows:

Dr. Carl Oliveri, Dean of Students Office (co-chair)
Executive Director Sue Gorman, Provost Office (co-chair)
Dr. Jeanine Mount, Provost Office
Professor Christopher Cooper, Academic Leader Representative
Dr. Iman Zaghloul, Faculty Senate Representative

Class of 2020 Student Representatives:

Melissa Mears, Manchester
Andrew Lee, Worcester
Sarah Migeed, Boston
Amiena Mohammed, Boston
Mi Vu, Boston

Next week the Task Force will begin their work and as part of this process they will solicit input from the graduating class, as well as the MCPHS Community regarding the various ways to honor our graduates. Rest assured that this will be a collaborative process and the opinions of the student representatives on the Task Force will be critically important to our ultimate decision.

It is also important to know that a petition regarding Commencement was recently sent to the President, Provost and Dean of Students offices which provided valuable feedback and insight from those students and their family members impacted. This information will be reviewed by the Task Force, along with any additional feedback that we have received. Please know that all feedback will be given serious consideration. Recognizing the importance of this issue we are expecting the Task Force to complete its work and bring forward their recommendations for an ultimate decision within the next few weeks.

Having been associated with the University for over four decades and having personally attended over fifty MCPHS Commencement exercises, I can say with confidence that it is the most uplifting and joyous day of the academic year. I know that we are all in agreement that we need to do everything possible to honor and cherish that experience and you can feel confident that our University is fully committed to do so.

We look forward to receiving the recommendations of the Task Force and by working together we will achieve the best outcome for celebrating the achievements of our graduates.

Interim President Lessard

Clubs and Organizations

All student clubs and organizations will not be able to host any meetings, events, community service, or programs on or off campus for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Please take the necessary steps to cancel meetings, programs, and events by contacting catering services, speakers or outside vendors to let them know these programs are no longer occurring. All spending for clubs and organizations is suspended effective immediately. Please submit reimbursement requests through the appropriate channels for items that were pre-approved.

All events sponsored or supported by the University have been suspended until further notice. A team of University stakeholders will meet weekly to closely examine new developments in order to keep everyone safe.

Also, all University-sponsored travel has been canceled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. This includes students attending professional conferences. Students should cancel arrangements they have made for these conferences, including flights and hotels.

We recognize that there might be cancellation fees involved in these processes. For assistance:

We understand that these are difficult times and will work with you to get the proper reimbursements.

MCPHS will operate an information hotline, and those who have questions may call 617-879-5999. The hotline will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can also email