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Monthly archive: April 2020

Richmont’s 2020 Spring Commencement Postponed

Each year, the Richmont Graduate University community joyfully gathers to celebrate the signature achievement – graduation – of our School of Counseling and School of Ministry students. As we looked toward our annual commencement ceremony, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a source of deep concern for all. Preemptive prevention is the approach we adopted this semester to protect our students, staff, and faculty. It is premature to abandon that strategy now.

All our actions have aligned with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, as well as complied with the city, county, and state-wide shelter-in-place proclamations. With this in mind, then, Richmont will not hold commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Dr. Timothy Quinnan, President of Richmont states, “We understand that this news may disappoint some of you. However, our core aim remains the health of students, as well as their family members who would have attended the ceremony. Like other universities also committed to avoiding large public gatherings, commencement will be postponed to a later date, possibly in the early fall. These are trying times, but with faith in God, prayer, and, of course, continued adherence to public health guidelines, I am certain better days are just ahead.”

For more information regarding Richmont Graduate University, please visit www.Richmont.edu.

RICHMONT CARES: A Letter to our Chattanooga Family, from our President

Dear Richmont Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Although the Richmont Chattanooga campus escaped damage from the April 12th tornado, some members of the Richmont community have been significantly impacted. Following the storm that hit Chattanooga during early morning hours, some have lost their homes or have incurred significant damage, and many remain without power. Our care and concern are with all members of the Richmont family who continue to be affected by Sunday’s devastating storms. Our hearts also go out to our neighbors across Chattanooga who are experiencing the impact of this tragedy.

Richmont classes and programming are proceeding as scheduled this week, but we understand that many students and employees face significant difficulties in attending work and class, and in completing assignments. University officials and professors will be flexible and understanding regarding the challenges faced by employees and students. Students and staff are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor and/or supervisor to let them know individual situations.

Throughout the week, as the extent of storm damage and the associated impact to our students, faculty and staff, and others in our community has been revealed, I’m reminded of how well our community cares for those in need. Thank you to everyone who has been helping or offering to help find ways to meet practical needs within our community in response to this tragedy. University officials continue to reach out to students, faculty, and staff to determine the impact for, and provide assistance to, those who are affected.

Richmont community members who have been impacted should reach out to the emergency student fund for assistance by applying here: https://www.richmont.edu/current-students/student-emergency-fund/.

Best wishes and blessings,

Dr. Timothy Quinnan
President
Richmont Graduate University