The ad hoc academic continuity planning group held a faculty meeting last week, in which professors discussed a seven-page memo released by the group detailing different scenarios for the fall semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The memo describes five different scenarios for next semester, some of which have multiple sub-proposals.
In recent weeks, Berkshire County, like the rest of Massachusetts, has seen a continued increase in COVID-19 cases, according to the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH). The figures below show the current severity of the outbreak at the local and state levels. Map and bar graph data is courtesy of the Massachusetts DPH, and pie chart data is courtesy of Berkshire Health Systems. Both sites update their numbers daily; the figures for this article were most recently updated yesterday afternoon.
College announces no virtual commencement, postponement of 2020 ceremony to undetermined future date
Yesterday, the College announced its decision to reschedule the commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 to an undetermined future date, ruling out the option to hold a virtual ceremony on June 7.
“We never realize what we have until we have it no longer.”
We randomly select unixes from a list of all current students at the College for our weekly One in Two Thousand. So long as the owner of a selected unix is willing to be interviewed and not a member of the Record board, that person becomes the subject of our interview. For this week, the computer (using a very simple script in R) chose Georgia Ganser ’22.
College advises students planning on studying abroad this fall to register for on-campus classes, housing lottery
Students who applied to study away programs this upcoming fall have been advised by the Office of Study Away to register for Williams classes and housing in the coming weeks should programs be cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We do not know yet if programs will be back up and running in the fall and we likely will not for another few months,” wrote Assistant Director of International Education and Study Away Isabel Hansen in an email to all students who applied to study off campus next semester.
The College announced this morning in an all-campus email that commencement and reunion will not take place this June, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout the world, the past few weeks have been unprecedented for the College. President Maud S. Mandel’s email on March 11 announcing the closure of the campus and transition to remote learning set off a flurry of logistics and decisions; there were events to cancel, flights to book and emails to send.
Seniors snapped photos in cap and gown, unsure of whether graduation will happen in June. Storage pods, usually only seen in August and May, popped up as students began to move out.