Message from the President
Dear Barry University Alumni,
I hope this note finds you healthy, in the company of loved ones, and navigating this global crisis with strength, compassion, and a sense of peace. We are all facing unprecedented challenges and my thoughts are with the entire Barry University family.
As you are an integral part of our community, I wanted to share an update on our operating status and the steps that we have taken since the onset of this crisis. Like universities across the country, we have moved to full remote instruction as well as remote work for the vast majority of faculty and staff. The transition was complete on Thursday, March 19 and has been relatively smooth, thanks to the truly incredible innovation, patience and flexibility of our Barry students, faculty and staff. We remain deeply committed to academic excellence and preparing our students for success.
Remote instruction will continue for the remainder of the semester, and it saddens me to announce that commencement exercises cannot be held as planned. We are committed to conferring all degrees virtually in May, in a format that will be determined. Further, it is my strongest hope and intention that we will be able to reschedule in-person ceremonies for later in the summer or fall to celebrate with our graduates and their families.
Most of our resident students have gone home, but we continue to serve those for whom going home is not a viable option. We have implemented comprehensive measures to encourage social distancing, including closing gathering spaces and serving meals on a carry-out basis only. Access to main campus is limited to resident students and those faculty and staff who are delivering essential health and safety services. Our leadership team is working diligently to maintain practices that are informed by the very latest guidance from public health authorities. You can find all of our updates at www.barry.edu/prepare.
Our daily realities today are certainly vastly different from what they were just a few weeks ago, and there are many challenges still to come. As we address these complex issues though, I find myself continually inspired by the collective strength and will of the Barry University community and what we are capable of together. There have been countless heroes in our midst who have managed these circumstances with remarkable resiliency, and more will emerge tomorrow.
My sincere hope is that we find ourselves on the other side of this crisis smarter, stronger and even more united. I will continue to update you on our progress and wish continued good health and comfort to each of you and those closest to you.
Mike Allen, Ph.D.