During this time of unimaginable upheaval, it has been heartening to witness how everyone has pulled together and how you, our amazing students, have responded with such strength and fortitude. We know it's been difficult to focus on homework, quizzes and for some, an entirely new experience of online or remote learning.
We want to assist you if you are struggling with your classes in the new online format. You have options! Did you know you can switch to a Pass/No Pass option that will not affect your grade point average? Both the California State University and University of California systems have said they will accept all classses graded as a "Pass." There are still some limitations for students in certain licensure programs, so be sure to see a counselor for guidance.
Even if you're thinking of withdrawing from a class, stick with it! The period to withdraw from a class has been extended to the end of the semester, and there are other options available to allow you to finish. Your instructors, counselors and everyone else at our colleges are here to help you.
Technology is an incredible tool and it's astounding the versatile ways it can serve us as our world turns upside down. Like every other event that calls for a large gathering, commencement ceremonies as we know them are not to be this year to protect the health and safety of our community. Instead, to honor the accomplishments and resiliency of our thousands of graduates this year, we are planning a virtual graduation celebration. Check out
Berkeley College's 2019 virtual commencement
to see what one looks like.
We know what a huge disappointment it is that we can't have a
real commencement out of concern for everyone's health and safety, but we cannot imagine letting this major chapter in your lives go by without some sort of celebration to honor all that you've accomplished! Stay tuned for detailed information on the virtual commencements from your college president.
Some good news - summer session is happening. An all-online format of classes starts June 22. While we will have fewer classes this year, our college and district leaders are working hard to make sure that the most critically needed courses will be available so you can continue your educational progress toward completing your programs or transferring to a university.
Schedules for summer classes will be released in late April, and registration will open May 11. We will send you more information when the schedule is finalized.
So, stay strong students, as we know you will. You've shown us what you are made of and we are confident you will stick with it through these difficult times. Just remember, we are here for you and will help you in every way we can.
Stay safe and know that we support you all the way.
Lynn Ceresino Neault, Ed.D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.
President, Grossmont College
Julianna Barnes, Ed.D.
President, Cuyamaca College