146th Commencement - Postponed
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March 23, 2020 (6:20am)
Dear LSU Health New Orleans Graduating Students,
As we have a little more breathing room today, I would like to take the opportunity to more fully address our decision to postpone our Spring Commencement activities. We felt we owed it to you and your families to notify you as soon as the decision had been reached in conjunction with the LSU President’s Office so you could adjust your plans.
The uncertainty about the foreseeable future forced our decision, just as it has for other organizations with large events planned in the upcoming months. Any other decision would have been irresponsible given the increasing spread of COVID-19 in our community. We cannot predict how long our community will be affected. It could well be for some time to come, and we will not put you and your families at risk by holding a large event until it is safe to do so.
The Fall timeframe seemed a reasonable target for the resolution of the illness in our community and some semblance of normalcy to return. It will also allow enough time to book a venue along with the needed support services such as photographers, awards, florists and more. Everyone else who has postponed their events will also be trying to secure those services.
We understand that it may be difficult for some of you to interrupt your lives to come back for the ceremony. We are familiar with those circumstances as we have students completing their degree requirements at three different times during the year and only one campus-wide Commencement Ceremony. Fortunately, each year, many are able to return to walk across the stage with their classmates.
Please know that we understand what a significant event graduation is for you and your loved ones. Commencement holds great meaning for us, too. Our greatest achievement is educating and training you to hold the health of your patients in your capable hands, to discover the next cure for a devastating condition, or to restore function and quality of life. Commencement is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and those of our faculty who helped you reach this milestone -- together.
Amid this public health crisis, we have larger responsibilities as a Health Sciences Center. Our contributions have never been needed more. Members of our staff are involved in planning for the coming days, weeks and months, to secure needed equipment and supplies, organize targeted efforts in areas of greatest need and try to stay ahead of the curve. Our faculty are working long hours at our partner hospitals, literally putting their health at risk every day to save as many lives as they can.
We know that you understand because you chose your professions knowing full well the responsibilities that go along with them. And we chose you because we are confident in your abilities and know full well that the sacred trust about to be placed in your hands will be well placed.
We will get through this, and nothing will make us happier than to celebrate your accomplishments with you and your loved ones at Graduation. We will keep you updated on details, but rest assured that this Commencement Ceremony will be just as special as the one for our Katrina Class.
In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.
Larry Hollier, MD
March 20, 2020 (7pm)
Dear LSU Health community,
Given the uncertainty of our status related to the COVID-19 outbreak in the coming months, and the plans and preparation families make for Commencement, we have decided to postpone the ceremony until sometime in the Fall. Graduates will receive their diplomas on schedule in May; we just can’t hold a large event. We will provide further information as we work out details.
Larry Hollier, MD
All eligible graduates must be added to the commencement list by this date.
Special Request for Name Change
All name changes must be submitted to the registrar's office. No name changes will be permitted after this date.
If you know that your name will change between Feb. 14th and May 13th, then you must inform the registrar's office by Feb. 14th to discuss your options.
Financial Aid Exit Interview
Any student that received any form of financial aid is required to complete the Financial Aid Exit Interview.
Special Request for Diploma Presentation
Students must submit a written request to the Dean to have someone other than the Dean present diplomas. Considerations are given for a family member employed as an LSUHSC full-time faculty member or an elected official. The request must include: student name, name of presenter, relationship, and LSUHSC affiliation.
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