In planning campus events in gatherings, we must continue to abide by physical distancing guidelines. Event organizers should plan their events keeping in mind that attendees will need to maintain a six-foot distance.
Orientation and Convocation
More information about Orientation activities including Convocation, Move-In, Send-Offs, and the First-Year Walk will be available by July 7.
Homecoming Weekend, planned for September 25-27, 2020, is canceled, though virtual programming will be offered. The Class of 2015, which would’ve celebrated its 5th Reunion at Homecoming, will combine with the Class of 2016 next fall for a joint reunion over Homecoming, September 24-26, 2021.
Family Weekend, planned for October 23-25, 2020, is canceled, though virtual programming will be offered. In addition, students will be returning home from the fall semester no later than November 20, 2020, so it is likely families will get the chance to see one another less than a month after what would have been Family Weekend.
When we first announced our plans to postpone in-person Commencement in late March, we were hopeful that in the months that followed, the COVID-19 pandemic would evolve in our favor, making a ceremony on October 9 and 10 in Gettysburg possible. As we’ve partnered with health experts, collaborated with the College’s working groups, and heeded state guidance in preparation for our decision to be in residence for the fall semester, we’ve realized that it will not yet be safe to gather the large number of friends and family (more than the permitted 250 in the green phase) that we plan to welcome to campus for Commencement.
Health and safety remain our driving priority, but it does not override our commitment to celebrate your great accomplishments in the way that you deserve, in person, when the circumstances become more manageable and safe. With that in mind, we have decided to further postpone Commencement to May 7-8 2021. More information will be forthcoming.
Travel plans and hotel reservations
We recognize that some families may have already made travel plans and hotel reservations for October, and we apologize for any inconveniences this decision may cause. Corresponding with the College’s commitment to reducing density on campus during the fall semester, we will be using hotel space to accommodate physical distancing of students. As a result of our efforts to ensure the best possible education for our students in these unusual circumstances, the Gettysburg Hotel will need to cancel all reservations in the coming weeks, including those made for October 9 and 10. The hotel will be in touch with those who made reservations to cancel.