A Message to the Delaware Valley University Community on Commencement 2020

I am writing to share news that I know will be disappointing to the DelVal family. The spread of COVID-19 is unlike anything schools and students have faced before, and our lives are changing rapidly as we work together to slow the spread of this dangerous virus. Therefore, based on public health guidelines about large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that it would not be responsible for the University to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony in May 2020. This decision was made to protect the health of the entire DelVal community, including our graduating class, their families, and other campus guests.

My heart goes out to the graduates and families who will be affected by this decision. I am truly sorry that this semester has not been what you had looked forward to or imagined. I want to assure you that the Class of 2020 and your many achievements will be proudly celebrated. We are exploring alternatives and will share details as information becomes available.

The DelVal community will continue to find new solutions as well as ways to support each other and all our students through this trying health situation. Now is a time for coming together, and I thank you for your ongoing understanding and support as we face the unprecedented challenges of this pandemic.

The heart of DelVal’s work – to empower all learners to transform the world – will not change because of COVID-19. We will get through this together. I am impressed by what everyone is doing, and I know that we will continue to work hard. I am especially proud of the Class of 2020, and look forward to enthusiastically acknowledging your accomplishments in a meaningful way.

Please adhere to the health guidelines and stay safe.

Maria Gallo, President
Delaware Valley University