Dear Wartburg College Community,
As we near the end of May Term, I wanted to update you on just a few things that have been happening on campus recently. Thankfully, we are making progress on a number of projects important to our students.
UKnight for Students grants for emergency financial aid
Checks from our UKnight for Students Fund to address unexpected expenses and emergency financial needs have been placed in the mail or in campus mailboxes (for those still living on campus). Each check was sent with an explanatory cover letter and list of frequently asked questions (which you can access here).
We continue to move forward with our plans for this month’s virtual Commencement on May 24, at 1:30 p.m. The event will be live streamed on Knight Vision so everyone can participate. In the coming week, graduating seniors should receive their caps, gowns, tassels, diploma covers, and any honor cords that haven’t already been distributed. Additional information about Commencement can be found on our website.
That morning, at 10 a.m., on May 24, we’ll also offer a virtual “Blessing of the Seniors.” The Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom, Dean of Spiritual Life, will share the Baccalaureate message via live stream.
Looking forward to Recovery
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced earlier today the re-opening (at reduced capacity) of some businesses statewide, including eating establishments and wellness centers. Our on-campus professionals in each of these areas, in consultation with state and national experts, have been planning for this and have designed protocols in keeping with state regulations.
Happy to take this initial step toward recovery, we continue to work on the overall plan for re-opening campus for students this fall, and I’ll be sharing further news as available.
In this challenging moment, I remain thankful for the many people with whom I work, the people who have answered the call to serve Wartburg’s students. Watching them adapt to each obstacle and improvise to seize each opportunity affords such reassurance: our students are indeed in good hands.
Thank you again for your continued patience and support as we continue working our way back.