|January 15, 2021|
Spring 2021 Semester
As you move back into the residence halls, we are excited to see you return to campus. We now have a proven track record of being able to keep each other safe, which has allowed us to open up more socially distanced face-to-face course offerings. If everyone — faculty, staff, and students — continues to adhere to our “Together” Plan, we will have another successful semester and move toward even greater normalcy as vaccinations become available.
For those of you continuing your degrees in a hybrid format, our faculty has again processed the lessons learned from the prior semester, and we continue to improve our approaches to digital instruction. We are committed to keeping you on track toward graduation, and will offer the supports necessary to do so.
The Upcoming Inauguration
I know that many of you are excited about next week’s Inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, I share that enthusiasm. Our theme — “America United” — is critical at this moment in our nation’s history. I will be there, proudly representing Delaware State University.
That said, I cannot stress too strongly that you should NOT plan to attend the Inauguration in person. In addition to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the dangers created by the events of January 6 have made it necessary to exercise extreme caution.
The far better use of your time next week is to get a strong start in all of your classes and to participate in all of the activities virtually if you are able. The full listing and ways to watch can be found here: https://bideninaugural.org/news/. We will be broadcasting across campus as well. It all matters!
Tony Allen, Ph.D.