Dear Graduate Council colleagues,
It is becoming trite to say it, but I genuinely hope you and your loved ones are well. My thoughts are with all of you who are impacted and struggling in these deeply troubling times.
As you know, the number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada and around the country continue to rise. Our UNLV community has done a good job keeping the number of cases on campus relatively low, but out of an abundance of caution I have decided to return our Graduate College team to fully remote work. We have had an extraordinarily low number of walk-ins; and with the Governor’s encouragement to stay home for the next two weeks, it seems prudent to close the Graduate College’s physical office at the University Gateway Building beginning Monday, Nov. 16. This includes the Gateway Graduate Commons student computer lab, which has also barely been utilized this semester. The Lied Graduate Commons on the second floor of Lied Library remains open for access to computers, technology, and a study space for graduate students.
Our Graduate College team will continue to provide 100% of our services remotely, as we have done since March 17. We are committed to the success and progression of our students and to assisting you in your role as a graduate coordinator. You can still reach us
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays via email, phone, or Webex.
Please visit our COVID-19 updates webpage
for information on accommodations, processes, resources, and more specific to the graduate community as well as UNLV’s coronavirus updates webpage
for university-wide information. As a reminder, in case it’s helpful, here is the link
to the spreadsheet we have been keeping since March that shows each Graduate College adjustment to support the graduate community through the pandemic.
On a more celebratory note, please save the date for the virtual Doctoral Commencement reception and ceremony taking place on Monday, Dec. 14 beginning with a very special and creative virtual reception that will allow graduates, their families, and faculty to mingle at private tables at 3 p.m. The official university-wide virtual Doctoral Commencement ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. This event will honor spring, summer, and fall 2020 doctoral graduates. The main University Commencement ceremonies will be on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with school/college virtual ceremonies following to recognize bachelor’s and master’s graduates. Watch for more information coming soon.
I look forward to “seeing” you for our last virtual Graduate Council meeting of this very odd semester on Monday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. In the meantime, please reach out
if my team or I can be of assistance or answer any questions.
Take care and be well, friends.