the university’s goal throughout all pandemic-related disruptions has been for students to remain on schedule for their graduation, while providing safe, personalized and vibrant experiences. we continue to rely on national, state and regional data about covid-19 transmission rates, healthcare access and contact tracing, and we work with medical advisors to provide the best combination of virtual and in-person curricular and co-curricular programs. classes for undergraduate students will begin tuesday, january 19, and spring break is being eliminated for this year only. (the schedule for graduate students remains unaffected.)
spring semester begins jan. 19
3 student wellness days
no spring break
st. edward’s university will celebrate commencement for the class of 2021 and 2020 in may 2021 with current plans that include an in-person graduation experience in alignment with all relevant health and safety protocols. an additional update on our commencement plans will be shared by university leadership by april 5, 2021.
the university’s covid-19 planning is led by the risk and emergency management team (remt), university leaders who guide the safety and planning of all university issues related to any emergency, including a global pandemic. the team is led by vice presidents and reports to the university president. eight cross-campus workgroups consist of faculty and staff who are experts in their respective fields. in addition, the workgroups incorporate student input through surveys and focus groups.
st. edward’s university is extending its expertise by working with a panel of medical advisors. a core team of physicians and other subject-matter experts are assisting the university with student and staff training, risk assessment, and policy changes. dr. nick van terheyden, former chief medical officer for dell, and fred goldstein, an expert in population health at the university of mississippi medical center, lead the team of advisors.
updated dec. 7, 2020