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A Message From the President

Dear NJCU Students and Colleagues:

We all look forward to commencement—a time to celebrate one of life’s great moments with family and friends.  Until a few weeks ago, it would have been unimaginable to think that I would be announcing that NJCU’s commencement ceremonies must be postponed.  But with all that has transpired in the past several weeks, this comes as no surprise.  Our top priority during the COVID-19 crisis is to safeguard the NJCU community and comply with the orders of the State of New Jersey prohibiting large gatherings.  Postponing commencement is in keeping with that aim.   Most of our peers across the country have done the same.  This is as disappointing to us as we know it is to you and your families. 

We know that many of you who are graduating in May need your degree for your pending job offers.  The University will confer the degree that you have earned in May and will mail it to y0u this summer.  

We know so many of you were looking forward to spending your final semester on campus engaging with friends and your professors, and fully participating in our dynamic campus life.  In lieu of that, we are pleased to provide you with a list of virtual programs that will be offered through the remainder of the Spring semester. 

While we don’t know what the future holds, we know that as you begin the next chapter of your life, you are part of our family.  We want you to stay in touch as you embark on the next exciting part of your life's journey.  We know that you will shine and become leaders within our communities.  We know that you are resilient and steeped in civic engagement and service.  And we are so proud of you and will continue to support you as you take your place among our distinguished NJCU alumni.

However, in the meantime, we are committed to finding ways to recognize and honor your accomplishments. We will be talking with the Student Government Association and other key stakeholders to determine the best way to do so as this unprecedented pandemic continues to unfold.  Please stay tuned for details.

Sue Henderson, Ph.D.