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April 29, 2020: Class of 2020: Finish Strong

Dear Tarleton Family,

Today marks the final day of spring classes and the end of one unique and bizarre learning experience. All that stands between us and wrapping up the semester are final exams. I am so proud of our students for their resiliency and our faculty and staff for their outstanding efforts to make the best of this pandemic situation.

In particular, our senior class has my deepest appreciation. I am saddened that many of our traditions were canceled, leaving our Class of 2020 to create virtual memories. However, we are committed to having commencement ceremonies August 7-9. I hope that each senior will return for that celebration. I promise it will be worth the effort!

Again, I thank our faculty and staff for their extraordinary work. We learned a lot about ourselves during the transition to virtual instruction, and the process will make us even more efficient. The future will look a little different as the new normal evolves. Only time will tell to what extent.

A special “Reopen Tarleton” task force will begin developing strategies to rev our campus back up. We are confident that the regular fall semester on-campus instruction environment will occur and hopeful that summer activities — Texan Orientation, Duck Camp, youth camps — will resume in mid-July. However, we will carefully monitor the science and data related to covid-19 to ensure that the well-being of our university community remains top priority.

Finally, let us thank the front-line professionals who tirelessly put themselves at great risk to ensure our safety. Many current students and Tarleton alumni are working in some of the toughest coronavirus zones in the country. Our prayers are with them and their families. We thank them, heroes all, for showing the world that Texans Know How to serve and protect humanity.

My sincere appreciation to the entire Texan Family for making this place we call our Tarleton home so special. Good luck to our students on finals. Finish strong!

As always, forever Bleed Purple and Roll, Texans!

Dr. James Hurley