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COVID-19 status level 2 – GREEN - LOCALIZED

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Graduation times

Commencement ceremony times have been set for graduation weekend May 7-9 for the class of 2021. On May 7, ceremonies will take place for the School of Law (1-2:30 p.m.) and all other graduate programs (6-7:30 p.m.). The College of Arts and Sciences will hold two ceremonies at 9-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. May 8. Students in the schools of Education and Health Science and Engineering will graduate together 9-10:30 a.m. May 9, and School of Business Administration students will graduate 1:30-3 p.m. May 9. ROTC will hold its commissioning noon to 1 p.m. May 8. Ceremonies are limited to 90 minutes to allow for required cleaning and set-up for the next ceremony. Times are subject to change. For these and other updates, visit the Graduation 2021 website. 

Fall undergraduate course formats

Undergraduate classes for fall 2021 are being planned for face-to-face instruction.  Undergraduate students will not have options for blended or fully remote course modalities except in rare, extenuating circumstances. Graduate students should contact their program directors to confirm how courses in their program will be offered. To the greatest extent permitted by public health authorities, the University will be in normal, on-campus operation in the fall for learning and research.

Good Friday

University offices will be closed Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. University offices will reopen and classes will resume Monday, April 5. 


Holy Week services

Holy Week observances will take place April 1-4 at RecPlex. Services are open in-person only to UD faculty, staff and students by reservation only, and will take place in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidelines. Livestream is also available for most services via the Campus Ministry YouTube channel. View a full schedule here.


Fulbright Scholarship launch event

Are you interested in teaching English, conducting research or earning a master's degree abroad? The Fulbright Scholarship might be an option for you. Learn more at theFulbright launch virtual event 5 p.m. Thursday, April 8, to hear from current UD Fulbright scholars. RSVP here for the Zoom link. All students welcome, juniors especially. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Contact Laura Cotten Howell for more information. 

Submit your One Day, One Dayton sheet sign by April 5

Don't miss this opportunity to show off your porch sheet design skills. Submit your One Day, One Dayton sheet sign by April 5 to hang from your porch. Prizes will be given for the top four designs: a private tour of the Arcade, lunch or dinner with the Spinas, private study space in the library for you and your roommates, and a private tour of Spina’s Ridgeway residence. To learn more and sign up, click here.

Join the ultimate kickball tournament

Do you think you have what it takes to win the title of best team at UD? Sign up now for this one-day kickball tournament Wednesday, April 14, to face members of your fellow residential district or class (Marycrest, Irving, Lowes, Adele, etc.). Teams consist of seven players; prizes for the top four places. Registration is open through 11:59 p.m. April 9.

Call for submissions – Imagining Community: Shaping a More Equitable Dayton

A community symposium exploring the impact and legacy of Dayton's racial segregation and inequality, and imagining a more inclusive Dayton community, will take place Oct. 28-29 at The Hub Powered by PNC Bank at the Dayton Arcade. A variety of presentations are sought; submit a proposal by May 24 via this link. Contact Professor Leslie Picca with questions.

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