Message from Vice President Sawyer: Fully Remote Semester and Commencement Postponement

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:08am

Dear Seawolves,

As of today, Sonoma State University has decided to suspend face-to-face instruction through the end of the spring semester. We also have postponed the spring 2020 Commencement. This means there will be no in-person graduation ceremonies (this includes cultural graduations) in May. Please know that the campus is brainstorming ways in which we celebrate our amazing graduates.

These are very challenging times for our campus, our country, and our world. We are extremely grateful to you for your patience and proud of your resiliency. It is very important for all of us to stay committed to making healthy decisions by following all public health directives. 

SSU student residence halls will remain open. Campus dining services also remain open for food pick-up for campus residents and on-site critical employees. The Library will continue to be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be computers available in the library for students who are in of need computing support. 

Sonoma County, and many other counties in California, is under shelter-in-place orders. Therefore, we encourage all students who have traveled to their home residences to please consider staying at home. Residential students who are on campus and have a safe home to which they can return safely, should do so. 

Next week, we will communicate our procedures on how you can: (1) come to campus to retrieve your belongings if you choose to move out of your residential apartment; and (2) request a refund for your housing and meal plans.

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through one of the greatest and most profound health emergencies in modern times. We are developing our policies and procedures as quickly as possible. 

We will continue to keep you updated.


Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Vice President for Student Affairs