Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez on March 9, 2021. Rice University COVID-19 website.
To the Class of 2020,
Last Friday, the university announced in-person graduation plans for both the class of 2021 and 2020, with friends and family joining virtually. While we’re excited to hold our Investiture on May 14, we also know how much you want to share this moment with your friends and family, and how much they want to share it with you.
Our university’s graduation plans are decided based on available public health information and expert guidance, and while these plans have not changed, we will work with the university to find options for additional events that we may be able to schedule near the time of our graduation ceremonies or at some point afterwards, to celebrate your graduation and include your guests. We will let you know more details as soon as we have them.
We have reason to hope that accelerated availability of COVID vaccine doses lowers overall public health risks from the virus and materially raises our ability to safely gather in larger groups. I know that the sooner this occurs, the sooner we will be able to fully share and reflect upon your achievement and celebrate together (again).
I highly value the significance of this moment for you, your families and friends, and look forward to celebrating your graduation — in person this time!