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Dear Colleagues:

Earlier this month, we had the honor and privilege of celebrating the achievement of more than 1,800 NKU graduates who now head out into a world much different than they had anticipated. While we were unable to hold our traditional commencement ceremonies, we came together virtually to give the May 2020 graduates a send-off, acknowledging their accomplishments as they pursue meaningful careers and fulfilling lives.

Each semester, commencement reminds us that we impact lives and make a difference within our region. The hardships of these past several months have not stopped us. In fact, the NKU community has been as innovative as ever and has stood out in the region as a true role model in the fight against COVID-19.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the faculty, staff, students and alumni who have joined us in every way imaginable, from planning and executing an inspirational virtual commencement to pivoting quickly to online learning, even sharing your talents and treasure to the help the cause. Countless individuals have stepped up to this challenge, and you all have my deepest appreciation.

While truly inspiring, NKU’s commitment to student success and the health of the region is no surprise. Those ideals have always been at the forefront of everyone’s role at this university. Now, we begin the work of moving forward. The COVID Preparedness Team has shared their recommendation for the fall semester – NKU Moving Forward. I urge you to provide your feedback on the recommendation so we can make an informed decision about the way forward. In addition, we will begin our Summer Campus Conversations on strategic topics in June. These conversations will involve our mission of teaching, learning and economic engagement; student support; and academic and administrative operations. Despite the significant disruption of COVID-19,  we plan to accelerate the needed change that will advance the vision of becoming a more student-ready and regionally engaged institution. I hope you will join us and take part in these conversations. Additional details will follow soon.

This Memorial Day weekend we will remember the heroes who sacrificed everything for the ideals and values that we stand for as a nation. Please take time to reflect on those ideals and enjoy an extended weekend with the special people in your lives.

Thank you for your continued commitment to NKU. I hope you have a safe, restful and enjoyable summer.