In just a few days, we will be in the remarkable position of looking back on students’ in-person portion of Haverford’s COVID-19 Fall semester. I thank every student—thank you!—for adopting the health and safety measures that kept you and your peers nearly COVID-free. I thank every staff and faculty member for your vigilance, care, hard work, and adaptability, and for supporting our students in their many adaptations to living in a global pandemic. It means the world to me that, together, in all our varied individual circumstances, we—students, staff, and faculty—were able to provide the opportunity of having students living and learning on campus. And you did this while simultaneously including students across the world who were living and learning remotely.
This is an accomplishment. I am grateful that we were able to make this happen. We all know it is not a static accomplishment. Like every aspect of our work, it requires continued investment and care to maintain going forward in the face of much that is beyond our control. Nevertheless, I wanted to take this moment to acknowledge this milestone that earlier in the year we were not sure we would reach.
I wish you all a safe, peaceful, and restorative break.