Responding to COVID-19: Spring 2022

Weitzman School’s Commencement Ceremony

Dear students, faculty, and staff:
 
I am writing to you with an update about the Weitzman School’s Commencement Ceremony. 
 
As you learned from President Gutmann’s Monday email to the University community, based on recommendations from the CDC and public health authorities, Penn will transition to a virtual event that will be broadcast online for this year’s Commencement Ceremony. As we take steps to protect the health and well-being of our visitors and neighbors as well as students, faculty, and staff, the Weitzman School is following suit and planning a virtual event. It is our hope that we can preserve what is essential about graduation by creating an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate our collective and individual achievements, while providing families and loved ones time to adjust their travel plans accordingly. We will share more specific information about what you can expect, including the date and time for the virtual event, in the coming weeks. 
 
Please understand that the decision to forgo an on-campus event has not been made easily. I’m sure I speak for many of you when I say that this is my favorite day of the year. However, I’m confident this is the only responsible course of action given the known risks of public gatherings and uncertainties surrounding the progression of the coronavirus. The University is exploring the possibility of an on-campus celebration of graduates in the fall, and we hope to host a Weitzman celebration also.
 
As we look ahead to resuming classes and studios virtually next Monday, March 23, I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that you can find answers to many questions and concerns on the Weitzman website at https://www.design.upenn.edu/coronavirus. The University’s dedicated website, which contains an archive of announcements to the Penn community and directory of relevant Penn resources, ishttps://coronavirus.upenn.edu
 
Take care of yourself, stay safe, and thank you for your understanding.
 
Fritz
 
Frederick Steiner
Dean and Paley Professor