*Updated March 19, 2020 at 2:22 pm CST – Shared originally via Commandant’s Newsletter
Given all that is currently on-going across the country with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I am sending this week’s newsletter as an update to all concerning Office of the Commandant and Corps of Cadets actions in dealing with the COVID-19 situation. However, for all of the latest updates about the current status of campus operations, events and activities that have been affected as a result of COVID-19, we encourage all to please visit tamu.edu/coronavirus for updates.
Above all else, the safety, health and well-being of our cadets, our staff, and faculty are our number one priority – especially during an unprecedented event like the current COVID-19 situation. With the rapidly evolving situation and concerns about COVID-19, Texas A&M University, the Office of the Commandant, and the Corps of Cadets have taken a number of precautions to help keep everyone safe during this time.
Following the guidance set forth by the university administration, and adhering to federal regulations currently in place to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe, the following Corps events have been canceled:
All Corps daily activities (Formations, PT, outfit meetings/activities, etc)
Corps 21 Reception—March 21
Board of Visitors Spring Meeting—March 27
Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor Gala—March 28
Nichols Rising Leader Conference—April 1-3
All Spend the Night with the Corps and Other Recruiting Events for the Rest of the Semester
All Corps Club Sports for the Rest of the Semester
All Family Weekend Activities—April 17-18
Texas Aggie Band Association Senior Induction Banquet—April 23
Participation in the Battle of the Flowers Parade (San Antonio, TX)—April 24
March to the Brazos—April 25
Ross Volunteer Company Spring Ball—April 28
Corps of Cadets Association Senior Dining Out—May 1
Final Review—May 2
Boot Dance—May 2
The Association of Former Students announced earlier this week that Aggie Ring Day scheduled for April has been canceled. Alternate plans were sent to recipients through an email notification. Students will be able to have their ring mailed to them or they can pick it up at the Williams Alumni Center after Texas A&M resumes normal operations.
The Campus Muster Committee announced that the Campus Muster Ceremony would not be held in its traditional in-person format in Reed Arena. The Muster Committee is working closely with The Association of Former Students to provide guidance to the campus and the entire Aggie Network.
The Provost announced that due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on event sizes announced by the White House, spring graduation ceremonies will be postponed. The university is planning mail delivery of diplomas to graduates (with normal shipping costs waived) and is also considering opportunities for in-person ceremony options later this summer for those May graduates wishing to do so. There is no impact at this time to August in-person graduation ceremonies.
Further guidance concerning Commissioning and ROTC Summer Training will be forthcoming from DOD early next week.
This is a historic, unprecedented time for our university and our nation. These decisions have been extremely difficult to make – especially when considering the long-standing tradition of many of the events and activities that have been canceled. However, these decisions have been made to ensure we protect the safety, health, and welfare of our students, our staff, our faculty, and our family members, given the current COVID-19 situation.
Please be aware that, as the situation evolves, additional changes and modifications may be necessary. My staff and I will continue to closely monitor this situation in the coming days and weeks. We will continue to provide updates in as timely a fashion as possible, so I encourage you to visit our social media sites, and especially tamu.edu/coronavirus, for the latest information on COVID-19 and university actions taken as a result.
Please continue to practice healthy habits and social distancing to protect yourself and others.
Once again, please visit tamu.edu/coronavirus for updates.
God bless you all, and Beat the Hell Outta Coronavirus!