Sent on March 18, 2020

Dear Georgetown Law Students,

Over the last few weeks, each decision we have had to make in response to COVID-19 has been in an effort to keep our community safe. We know these decisions have an enormous impact on members of our community, and none of these decisions have been made lightly.

Earlier today, President DeGioia announced that the University will postpone Commencement activities to a time in which we can safely convene as a community.

It was a difficult decision to make, and I know it is disappointing news for all of you. It is certainly very disappointing for me. As Dean, one of my greatest joys is seeing our graduates celebrate this enormous accomplishment. Moreover, I know how special it is to share this experience with your family and friends who have been a source of support as you worked to reach this moment.

To our graduating class: We are exploring many ways to maintain the community experience of Commencement. Your accomplishments are in every way worthy of a major celebration, perhaps even more so this year as we face unanticipated challenges that we must overcome together. An excellent team of Law Center administrators and faculty is working diligently to find meaningful ways to celebrate your success. We are deeply proud of our graduating class and are committed to honoring each one of you as you embark on your legal career. I am looking forward to a joyous – if delayed – graduation event.

Thank you again for your dedication and resilience during these challenging times. We will provide further updates on how we plan to give the class of 2020 a proper send-off soon. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe.

With all best wishes,