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A message from President Roth:

“Continue doing great things, and I look forward to a time soon when we can all be back on campus together.”

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5.12.2020 – Update from UC


Graduation Online.  On May 2, we celebrated the accomplishments of our graduates with a virtual graduation ceremony. While we would prefer to have welcomed family and friends to campus to cheer them on, we know that this graduating class – having faced a global emergency that required a quick shift to online classes and a ‘too fast’ ending to their senior semester – will be able to overcome anything.  We offer our heartfelt congratulations, and hope to see them on campus in December to participate in our graduation ceremony at that time. If you want to revisit the ceremony, you can see it here: UC Graduation


SOAR Goes Virtual.  Typically at this time, the UC campus would be full of activity as the summer orientation season goes into full swing. However, due to campus safety precautions, the university’s SOAR (Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration) events will be taking place virtually.  SOAR events are for new UC admitted students, including freshmen and transfer students. For more information on SOAR, visit our SOAR web page.


Opening WV. West Virginia Governor Justice is rolling out changes week-by-week for WV businesses and citizens as we gradually reopen the state for business.

He has announced plans to allow additional parks and recreation venues, dine-in services, and some retail businesses to open between now and Memorial Day weekend.  Health officials are still cautioning everyone to be mindful of health risks and to take precautions as we ease into this next phase.


Please note that UC will remain in its telework / remote work mode until further notice, regardless of what we hear in the press about other businesses and industries.  The safety of our UC community continues to be at the forefront of our thoughts and plans.  UC leadership has begun scenario planning for Fall 2020 to determine the best strategies for likely campus conditions we will face.


4.24.2020 – Update from President Marty Roth


As the final week of Spring, classes come to a close, I hope this message finds you well.  I applaud everyone’s commitment, energy, and perseverance bringing the semester to a successful close.  As this remains a busy time for everyone, I will keep this message brief.

Global, national, state and local news continues to paint different pictures of when living, study, recreation, and work conditions will change.  We continue to closely monitor guidance on resuming campus activities and the appropriate safety measures to have in place.

Sadly, we learned this week about the closure of our athletic conference partner school, Urbana University. These are challenging times for all colleges and universities.  However, please be assured that UC is well-positioned to weather this pandemic storm and continue doing what we do best: educate students for lives of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement.


So, let me reiterate the following:

  • We are offering a full range of summer online classes. For certain programs, clinical experiences are also available.
  • We anticipate offering both in-seat and online classes in the Fall as well as reopening our residence halls. The same is true of the following Spring semester.


Of course, all final decisions will be guided by our goal to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff.  Throughout the summer we will be developing plans for different scenarios so that we can offer the best possible learning and living experiences for the upcoming academic year.

I wish all of you the best of luck with your semester ending assignments, projects, and exams.  And I look forward to celebrating with many of you your well-deserved graduation at our Virtual Commencement next weekend.

Stay safe,