Announcement Regarding Guarini School Investiture 2021
Dear Guarini Community Members:
We are writing to let you know we have made the difficult decision to host a virtual Investiture Ceremony again this year. Given the importance and significance of a ceremony to mark the completion of graduate studies, we did not come to this decision easily.
Around this time last year, when the pandemic started to make a profound impact on our lives, so much was still unknown about transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus and in an abundance of caution, we followed College protocol by holding a virtual Investiture Ceremony.
Very few of us back then would have thought that over a year later we would have caught up with the virus as quickly as we have, or that we would already have not one, but several highly effective vaccines. That said, we are also aware that many who wish to attend an in-person investiture are not currently on campus, in fact most of our graduates from the 20-21 cohort have already left campus – the same goes for our 19-20 cohort.
(For those of our community who will be graduating and who are currently on campus, the good news is you will be able to attend the in-person all-Dartmouth graduation celebration that is being planned (details will be confirmed at the end of March))
For the Guarini Investiture ceremony, we want to host an in-person event that everyone – families, friends, 2020 graduates, and 2021 graduates – feels safe attending. With many restrictions regarding travel (both domestic and international), quarantining, physical distancing, and limits on group gatherings, we would lose much of what makes our Investiture ceremony so special, including the opportunity for family and friends to gather in Hanover in celebration of the occasion.
With all these factors in mind, we are planning on a very large, very celebratory, 2022 Investiture; one where everyone can attend and do so safely; an event where we can hood our graduates safely and meaningfully; and a celebration of all that we have, as a community, achieved and overcome.
We are encouraging students from the graduating class to be in touch with ideas and suggestions for what this year's virtual event might look like. Please complete the google poll if this is something you would like to be part of: https://forms.gle/BpLcXaQAihtTCXRg6 and be assured we will be looking for input for our 2022 plans when the time comes.
Please remember we are here for you and encourage you to reach out to any one of us in the Office, and to make use of support from Dicks House counseling services.
Be well, and thank you for helping keep our communities safe.
F. Jon Kull, Dean
Gary Hutchins, Registrar
Kerry Landers, Student Affairs
Jane Seibel, Recruitment, Diversity & Communications
Amy Gallagher, Office Manager
Katelyn King, Program Manager
Kristen Rhodes, Program Assistant
Amanda Skinner, Outreach & Communications