ICYMI: GW Prepares for Final Exams, Commencement

Departments across GW are working to support the academic and health goals of GW students as the end of spring semester nears.

May 4, 2020

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As George Washington University students prepare for final exams and faculty and staff continue remote work, university leaders are focused on supporting the academic and health goals of the GW community as part of the ongoing response to COVID-19’s global impact.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and exercise caution over the next several weeks in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. The GW community is urged to continue monitoring GW’s COVID-19 website and FAQs, which are frequently updated with new information.

Here are some important recent updates from GW:

  • Provost M. Brian Blake sent a letter to students to remind them of available resources as final exams and Commencement approach. This includes peer tutoring, online success coaching, support from GW Career Services and more. Read Dr. Blake’s letter for more information.
  • The class of 2020 has been invited to submit short videos or photos to be featured in the virtual Commencement ceremony. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 8. Find more details here.
  • GW President Thomas LeBlanc recently gave a tour of what is going on around the Foggy Bottom campus, showing an empty Kogan Plaza and a 23rd Street without bustling traffic.
  • Last week, Dr. LeBlanc wrote a letter to the GW community providing details on how the university is planning to adapt to significant and ongoing financial challenges moving forward. He announced that senior leadership will take a reduction in salary starting July 1 and that the university will freeze salary and merit increases for faculty and staff.
  • GW Today put together a guide to help students manage stress and tackle academics ahead of final exams.
  • GW Today recently highlighted conversations with three of the 1,300 essential workers keeping the university’s campuses safe, clean and on track for improvement during the virtual learning period and extended remote work. Read about their important work here.