COVID-19 End of Semester Updates—May 13, 2022

Dear students,

As you likely all have been following, northeast states, including Maine, have seen an increase in positive COVID-19 cases due to the high transmissibility of the latest Omicron variant. While cases of COVID-19 on campus have decreased from a month ago, the virus is very much present here and in the broader community.

To our students who will be graduating and participating in Senior Week activities, to give yourselves the best chance of completing your final exams and papers, and to fully participate in all the activities, especially Commencement, we encourage you to wear masks when you can, especially when you are indoors. If you have symptoms, please take an antigen test to protect your classmates, as well as our faculty and staff.

To all of our other students, we ask that you leave campus as soon as you can based on your final exam schedule. You do not need to notify us of your departure from campus. We want to prioritize the health and safety of the Class of 2022 so they can fully experience Senior Week and all Commencement activities. From the beginning of the pandemic, you have been fantastic in taking care of one another. As we near the end of the academic year, we ask that you keep our graduating seniors in mind and help to give them the very best chance for a safe celebration of their accomplishments.

While on campus to finish your course work, we ask that you continue to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19, including following our testing expectations, masking, and taking social gatherings outside as much as possible. Please remember, guests are not permitted in residence halls except for help moving out, and anyone who provides this help must be fully vaccinated and masked indoors.

Thank you for all you have done this year. We know that being a college student during a global pandemic is not easy. We asked a lot of you and you made excellent decisions in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate it greatly. Congratulations to the Class of 2022, and we look forward to seeing the rest of you back on campus in the fall.

Best,

Mike Ranen