Dear Students, 

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that, in light of the evolving COVID-19 crisis, I have received a number of questions from the Class of 2020 about how we are going to finish the semester and our plans for May Commencement.

First, as I’m sure all of you are aware, we still have to complete this semester! While I hope to welcome all of you back to campus as soon as we possibly can, our faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure you have all the resources you need to finish your classes remotely.

I’ve always said that Unity students are unique in that each of you demonstrate more resiliency and adaptability than any other students I have known. None of us saw this present crisis coming, but I know that each of you will navigate your way gracefully, just as I’ve seen you do in response to other challenges throughout your time at Unity. One of the key takeaways from all of this is that life will throw you curveballs. Oftentimes, they’re minor. But sometimes they can appear insurmountable. How you handle these moments will prove to the world — and yourself — just who it is you are. You are a leader. You are a person that others can look to during times of trouble. And you are a person, above all else, who truly cares.

We here at Unity College will continue to do everything we can to help you finish this semester strong, no matter where you are, because we know that in return, you will also put the work in to earn your Unity College degree. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your staff liaison, who has been assigned specifically to help you as we start remote coursework on Monday, March 30.

With regards to May Commencement, we are currently reviewing the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and examining all of our options.  I will let you know how we will proceed by Friday, April 3. While we are reviewing options for May Commencement, be assured that December Commencement remains on track for December 18.

You have accomplished great things during your time at Unity College.  We certainly want you all to celebrate your success alongside your family, friends, and classmates. You deserve it, and you have earned it. 

For now, I urge you to stay safe, be well, and let us know if you need any assistance while finishing your degree this spring. If you haven’t yet, please take a look at the COVID-19 webpage on our website. There, you’ll find regular updates as well as a list of FAQs.

I look forward to seeing you all in Unity, hopefully sooner than later.

In Unity,


Dr. Melik Peter Khoury