Dear GSBS Colleagues:
As our community continues to respond to the unfolding public health emergency, the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and campus is our top priority. Based on direction from the University of Texas System and in light of guidance on public gatherings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the spring 2020 commencement ceremony for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will be postponed.
We understand how disappointing this must be for our graduates and their families who were planning to celebrate this hard-earned milestone in May. Commencement is a special day in which all members of our educational community come together to recognize the newest class of biomedical scientists and scholars and their remarkable achievements.
Please be assured that we are committed to honoring our graduates on a future date, possibly this fall, once it is considered prudent to do so. We will communicate those updated plans as soon as they are available. Graduates will still receive their degrees as scheduled after meeting our specified degree requirements. Graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail at the address specified by each graduate.
Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time together. The Graduate School and all of our faculty, staff, alumni, and current students celebrate our Class of 2020 and look forward to recognizing their accomplishments as the next generation of leaders in biomedical science and in all of the careers that they will pursue!
David W. Niesel, PhD
Lawrence E. Ethridge, Jr. Professor
Senior VP and Dean
Graduate School of Biomedical Science
Associate Chief Research Officer