Dear Golden Bulls Family,
I hope all of you continue to be safe and well during these unprecedented times. If there is anything that has become evident during this pandemic, it is that environmental conditions and trends are changing constantly and, unfortunately, here in North Carolina, many of those trends are going in the wrong direction. As a result, we continuously evaluate plans and re-evaluate decisions to maximize the health and safety of all members of our community.
Recent data and trends have led us to conclude that we will not have in-person Homecoming activities for the 2020-2021 academic year. Unfortunately, the same data and trends led to a similar conclusion for the Commencement Exercises that were scheduled for October 28, 2020, to kick-off our Homecoming activities. We understand how much our 2020 graduates and their families were looking forward to an in-person graduation ceremony. All of us were looking forward to the traditional pomp and circumstance of graduation and celebrating the milestone achievement with you. I know this is a big disappointment. However, we believe it is best to make the decision at this time in order to give graduates and their families, as well as alumni, appropriate notice and to avoid any last-minute inconveniences.
As of this writing, the Homecoming football game is still scheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2020. JCSU Athletics staff and University administration are in communication with Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) officials about procedures for the 2020-2021 athletics season. Details regarding game operations and attendance will be communicated as soon as those decisions are made.
Your safety – all of our safety – is our top priority. Although we are saddened we will not be together in person to Hold High the Gold and Blue, the cancellation of Homecoming activities and Commencement Exercises is necessary to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. We will gather as Smithies on campus again; I pray that time will come sooner rather than later. Until then, please remain vigilant in social distancing, wearing masks and hand washing. We will continue to update you as decisions are made and developments unfold.
Clarence D. Armbrister, J.D.