Letter to Online Students from the President

March 16, 2020

Dear Maryville Online Students,

I hope you are staying healthy in these unprecedented times. As you know, the coronavirus pandemic has altered our way of life but like all past crises we are confident that in working together, we will overcome and prevail.

Today we made the difficult decision to suspend all on-campus classes and remain in a virtual learning format through the end of the semester, based on consultation with local health officials, under guidance by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). While this decision primarily impacts our on-campus students, the coronavirus pandemic impacts all of us, across the globe, in different ways.

In consideration of restrictions recently announced by local authorities as well as guidance from the CDC limiting gatherings to 50 people for the next 8 weeks and to adequately protect our graduates, family and staff, we decided to cancel all in-person commencement and related activities for the spring semester. We are just as disappointed as those of you who were planning to travel to St. Louis to celebrate your academic journey and accomplishments. We are working to develop alternative plans and additional information will be emailed to those registered for graduation as plans emerge and posted on maryville.edu/commencement.

Your health and the health of your family is a top priority. We understand our online students are spread across the country, including some of the hardest hit areas of the coronavirus pandemic.

Maryville has always been a community that cares for one another and we need that spirit now more than ever. I want to assure you that we are here to support you through these challenging circumstances. Don’t hesitate to contact your professors or your student support advisor if you need assistance with any issue.

We’ve developed online student FAQs to address questions you may have which you can find at Maryville.edu/coronavirus/onlinestudent-FAQs/.

You are also welcome to visit our coronavirus webpage for regular university updates and resources about the coronavirus: maryville.edu/coronavirus.

Our hearts and prayers go out to people who are infected around the world, and the thousands of students, faculty, staff and their families impacted in so many ways.


Mark Lombardi, PhD