Dear Students and Parents,

I hope this message finds all of you well and healthy as we support local, state, and nationwide efforts to thwart the spread of COVID-19.

On Tuesday of this week, Governor Charlie Baker extended the stay-at-home advisory through Monday, May 4. In support of the city of Worcester and the state of Massachusetts’s efforts to discourage the spread of COVID-19, Assumption College will comply with this advisory and extend the temporary remote working arrangements through May 4. Therefore, the campus will remain physically closed until that date.

Please know that College offices are fully operational as staff continue to work remotely to provide services and support for students. I encourage all students to take advantage of the services of the Academic Support Center; the Career Development & Internship Center; Counseling Services; the d’Alzon Library, and the many other offices that stand ready to respond to students’ needs. Though students may be learning at home, the College is committed to providing the same level of academic and personal support for which Assumption is renowned. 

This week, the College created a Student Support resource on the Assumption website that provides information on the many services still available to students. I encourage you to visit this page often, as important and helpful information will be added daily.

Per the Academic Calendar, classes will not be held on Holy Thursday, April 9, through Easter Monday, April 13. College offices will be operational from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Holy Thursday to respond to students’ and families’ requests. In preparation for Easter and to celebrate the Resurrection, College offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 10 through Easter Monday, April 13. Classes will resume and staff will again be available on Tuesday, April 14.

We appreciate your patience as we developed the logistics for processing prorated room and board refunds for our nearly 2,000 students and their families. I am pleased to share that those refunds will be mailed by the end of April.

Though perhaps stressful, one benefit of this stay-at-home advisory period is the unexpected time we are able to spend with our families. My wife, Filomena, and I have enjoyed having two of our three children home and gathering for dinner each night. I hope you, too, can find time to pause and reflect upon the many blessings that God has bestowed upon you. Know that I will continue to pray that you and your families remain safe and healthy.

Remember, Hounds are Stronger Together.