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Parents and Families of Emory College Seniors

Earlier today you should have received a detailed message from President Fenves about Emory University’s plans for the spring semester. I’m sharing what we sent to your student with additional Emory College details.

To echo my message to them, the heart of all of our decision-making is our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff as COVID-19 challenges all of us. This has led us to again limit the number of students on campus. I am genuinely heartbroken that we cannot welcome back the entire Class of 2021 back to campus. Please know that the faculty, staff, and alumni of Emory College remain fully committed to supporting your student.

Please take a couple of minutes to view a message from me to you about our plans for the spring and how we will support our Class of 2021:

As the parent of a senior, I know that you will be thinking about how this will affect graduation. As President Fenves noted in his message, we intend to have events in mid-May to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021. Planning for a socially distanced, limited attendance event is underway. My team in the College who manage our preparations for graduation and commencement will communicate with you and your student regularly in the spring term with information and plans as they become available.

For continuing updates, please bookmark the Emory Forward website, which will feature frequent updates on university plans and detailed information on public health and safety protocols. You may also send your questions and concerns to

For questions related to academics and your students’ courses, please reach out to the Emory College Office for Undergraduate Education at

Sincerely yours,
Michael A. Elliott, PhD
Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Charles Howard Candler Professor of English