COVID-19 Response

The below news stories and communications relate to St. Thomas’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. These stories appear in chronological order, from newest to oldest.

Graduation

Update on Commencement Ceremonies

St. Thomas will not be able to hold this year’s undergraduate, graduate, School of Law and Dougherty Family College (DFC) commencement ceremonies in May as scheduled.
Meals are served recently at Catholic Charities' Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul.

Advancing the Common Good Amidst the Coronavirus

Like many others, St. Thomas community members are working to figure out other safe and appropriate ways they can make an impact. The Center for the Common Good – which coordinates with hundreds of community partners to connect Tommies with volunteering and donation opportunities – has helped create guidelines and ways for St. Thomas community members to remain engaged.
Thanos Zyngas, director of the University of St. Thomas’ campus in Rome, Italy, stands for a portrait outside of the Bernardi campus building on October 17, 2019.

‘Who Do You Want to Be?’: A Q&A with Rome Bernardi Campus Director Thanos Zyngas

We spoke with Rome Bernardi Campus Director Thanos Zyngas on March 24 about what it feels like to live in Rome right now, what lessons have been learned about the response to the outbreak, and the competing emotions of optimism and sadness during the ongoing situation.

Stop the Spread of Racism: The Coronavirus Stigma

Amid uncertainty and fear are times when characters are tested. These last several weeks have made many fearful, anxious and angry, among a slew of other emotions. No matter how you might feel during this time, spreading racism is not the answer.
Engineering Professor Dr. Katherine Acton prepares online learning lessons in the STELAR Media Studio in the O’Shaughnessy Frey Library in St. Paul on March 18, 2020. Acton and other Professors have been relying on assistance from STELAR as they transition fully to online education due to disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty, STELAR Lead Massive Shift to Online Learning

The spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes has had an unprecedented impact on life around the globe. Within the St. Thomas community, that impact is being felt in a myriad of ways, including in a full shift to online learning.
Tommie dances in front of the Anderson Student Center as students and families arrive on campus.

Admissions Shifts Deposit, Refund Deadline to June 1, Expands Digital Options

As the response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to shift things on the St. Thomas campus, in-person visits are no longer possible during the spring semester. Thanks to the work of St. Thomas' enrollment team and student tour guides Cameron Shuck '20 and Kristina Pappas '20, anyone can now get to know St. Thomas through an online tour.
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Update on St. Thomas’ Response to COVID-19

President Julie Sullivan has announced all classes will temporarily move online starting Monday, March 16. No in-person classes will be held until Tuesday, April 14 (students’ first day back from the Easter holiday), at the earliest.