Returning to Campus Fall 2020 | What you need to know
Friday, October 23, 2020
Dear University Community,
Point Park University will alter the spring semester calendar. Undergraduate classes that are part of traditionally on-campus programs will begin Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Eight-week programs will begin as originally planned. Please see the academic calendar, posted here for specific start dates. Please contact the University Registrar with questions about specific terms and other dates that are not apparent in the calendar.
Based on guidance from the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, we will not include a spring break this year to avoid the possibility of increased COVID transmission upon return from other areas of the country. The spring semester will end on April 30, 2021, at the conclusion of final exams.
Courses offered in the spring will continue in the hyflex mode used during the fall semester, and students will again have the option to take courses in-person or remotely. Additional information for students on this option will be available soon.
On the recommendation of University faculty, we are continuing the pass/no credit option in the spring. This option will function as it did in the fall, with students electing to keep an earned letter grade or convert it to either pass or no credit. We will continue to provide students with information on this option.
We all hope that by the start of the 2021-22 academic year, we are fully returned to in-person operations and classes. Until then, we must continue to be vigilant and take care of one another and ourselves by following University guidelines, policies and procedures designed to keep us all healthy without interrupting educational opportunities for our students.
Thank you for doing your part.
October 20, 2020
Dear 2020 Graduate,
I want to congratulate you again on your amazing accomplishment as a graduate of Point Park University. This is a milestone moment in your life and you should be very proud to consider yourself a part of a highly selective group of educated men and women.
The year 2020 has been challenging with the world experiencing a number of unprecedented occurrences, including COVID-19. This virus has caused us to miss a number of significant events in our lives, such as the annual Graduate Hooding and Commencement ceremonies.
It was our desire as a University to hold the traditional Graduate Hooding and Commencement ceremonies at the end of April 2020. This was not possible due to the many restrictions that were in place for large groups to gather. These restrictions made it impossible to have our annual program at PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh.
The Graduate Hooding and Commencement Committee then began to plan for a Summer, Fall and even possibly a Winter program, to offer to our 2020 graduates. Again, due to limitations placed on larger events, this will not be possible before the end of this academic year.
We will now turn our energies to planning our May 2021 Hooding and Commencement Programs, however, we have not forgotten the Class of 2020. We would like to invite you to this program, if we are able to hold such a program, on May 1, 2021 at PPG Paints Arena. We will honor both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 at this special event. We look forward to filling the arena with graduates, family and friends, to celebrate all of your amazing accomplishments. Please look for more information about this ceremony in the future.
In the meantime, to honor your graduation, we will be mailing to you a diploma cover as a keepsake to recognize this accomplishment. Please accept this diploma cover with our sincere congratulations and our wish for the very best in your future.
Please stay connected to Point Park University through the various announcements, programs and events offered by our Office of Alumni Engagement and Giving.
We look forward to seeing all of you in May 2021. Please stay safe and healthy.
Point Park University