Message to KU Students
May 13, 2020
Dear Kutztown University Students,
Congratulations! Together, we reached the end of the 2020 spring semester during some of the most challenging times in the history of higher education, and the 154-year history of Kutztown University.
It has now been nearly ten weeks since my message went out to our university community announcing the many changes we had undertaken to move nearly all our functions online, or through some form of virtual communication, as a result of the pandemic. All our offices remained open and we continued to serve our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community to the best of our ability. Be assured that people worked around the clock to continue our services and fulfill our mission of providing a college education to you, our students.
I witnessed the acts of numerous individuals – faculty, staff, students and others in our community – who performed their duties under very unusual circumstances. Many of you had to learn new technologies and adjust to different teaching techniques. While it was difficult, you came out of this experience with new skills and abilities which will serve you well beyond the pandemic.
I was proud to host a virtual commencement event this past weekend, celebrating the accomplishments of nearly 1,400 graduating seniors and graduate students. The members of the class of 2020 dealt with adversity and came out stronger, and earned their degrees. I look forward to welcoming our graduates back to campus in the fall for an on-campus commencement ceremony.
It is in this spirit that we plan for the reopening of our campus and the return of our students to face-to-face learning. A campus task force is hard at work to prepare for our students return, with enhanced health and safety measures in place. We fully recognize that you all prefer to benefit from and enjoy the entire university experience on our beautiful campus, to include the personal mentorship of your professors and the day-to-day interactions with your fellow students. Understanding that there are many unknowns with regard to our future in dealing with this pandemic, we will do all we can to welcome you back to campus in the fall. Should the situation be such that this is not possible, we will be ready for that as well, and will continue to provide you with a quality educational experience.
I will keep you informed as we move forward. Please be sure to check your KU email on Tuesday and Friday during the summer for our Campus Updates, as well as any other messages we may share.
You have honored us by choosing to be a key part of this great institution. We look forward to continuing to offer you an outstanding education and meaningful experience here at Kutztown University.
Stay safe, and stay healthy.
Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson