I hope this letter finds you safe and well. The panorama at Marianapolis looks quite different these days as we all endure the COVID-19 pandemic, but many things remain the same. Some of these constants are the hallmark features of our community you helped define during your time here. Solidarity, unity, compassion, and excellence are just a few of the characteristics I have witnessed as our entire community has prepared to move our operations online.
Virtual classes began on March 31, marking a new beginning for our academic-year programming, but not a first for Marianapolis. The School’s virtual learning program has been thriving for the past eight years, and our Summer Session Online and remote learning programs for international students around the world have charted our path through this transitional time. I invite you to join me in my profound gratitude to all the members of our community for their hard work and dedication to this momentous task. I am proud of everyone for their dedication, shown in the countless hours spent in preparation and training to ensure that we continue to educate and nurture our students according to the School’s mission with great flexibility and resilience. The dedicated people and tradition of excellence you knew at Marianapolis continue, and you have much to be proud of as its alumni!
As we look ahead and consider community events coming this spring, unfortunately, not all aspects of campus and community life are going to translate easily to an online platform. It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today to announce the postponement of our 2020 Alumni Weekend festivities. This decision has been made in accordance with recommendations for social distancing and in the best interest of the health and safety of all. However, it was not an easy decision to make and was not made lightly.
I recently had wonderful conversations with Alumni Board President Adrienne Dunne ‘86 and Jerry Beaudoin ’70 to share the news on the postponement. In true Marianapolis spirit, they lifted me up with their understanding, care for the School, and creative ideas to keep alumni engaged on all aspects of community life. I was reminded that as Golden Knights, we continue to advance no matter the circumstances.
Please know the momentum generated for Alumni Weekend thus far - by the Alumni Council, class agents, and all involved alumni - is greatly appreciated. To the Class of 1970, this year’s 50th reunion group, I wish sincere congratulations and assurance that this milestone will not go unrecognized. We hope to acknowledge you and all reunion classes just as soon as possible.
I will be thinking about you all and am certain that with everyone’s prayers and support, the world will weather this pandemic and be stronger for it. As a community, we continue to offer our thanks to all who serve on the frontlines providing care and support for those impacted by COVID-19. We pray in our hearts for them and everyone during this challenging time. God bless you, and God bless Marianapolis.
Head of School