COVID-19: March 30 Update to the Community

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Over the past two days, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of students, faculty and staff testing positive for COVID-19 at The Claremont Colleges. This is concerning given how many in-person activities we have planned over the next several weeks, including this weekend’s Commencement celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

We are anticipating that around 1,600 graduates and families will be on campus for the lunch and two ceremonies Saturday. At this stage, we feel strongly that we should not cancel the ceremonies, despite the sharp uptick in positive cases. To protect our community as much as possible, we need your help to redouble our efforts to keep the level of community spread as low as possible. That said, we are asking you to help us in observing several precautions beginning immediately.

  • We ask that HMC and other Claremont College students do not attend the Commencement activities this weekend. We know many of you have friends who will be on campus celebrating, but we need to ensure we are able to finish the semester successfully in person, including allowing our current seniors the opportunity to complete their required obligations regarding their clinic and thesis projects so they may graduate in May.
  • Until further notice, we strongly advise that everyone on campus wear well-fitting, medical grade masks when outdoors, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks are still required indoors unless you are eating/drinking in the dining hall or alone in your office with the door closed.
  • We are asking students from the other 5C campuses not to eat in Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons this weekend so that our Dining Services team can focus on the needs of our current students and guests.
  • Please refrain from holding meetings with food indoors until further notice, regardless of the size of the group meeting. This includes meetings scheduled over lunch in the private dining rooms.
  • For faculty and staff who are attending the ceremony, you should remain masked, except for when you are actively eating or drinking during lunch. When in line to get food, please wear a mask, and take advantage of the available hand sanitation stations.
  • All visitors to campus have been asked to provide proof (if they are 12 or older) that they have been fully vaccinated and/or boosted (if eligible) or that they have received a negative test result within 72 hours of arriving on campus. They should check in at one of the five registration tables around campus where they will receive a yellow wristband designating that they have provided appropriate proof of vaccination/negative test.
  • Visitors will be expected to always remain masked, unless actively eating or drinking. We will be allowing graduates and their families to remove their masks briefly when taking photos to commemorate their graduation. We ask that everyone remain masked throughout the ceremonies unless speaking or presenting.
  • Beginning next week, students will be asked to test twice weekly. You will receive a separate communication from DSA with further details. Faculty and staff are welcome to get tested at the on-campus testing site managed by Student Health Services.

We will be live streaming this weekend’s Commencement ceremonies (2020 ceremony live stream, 2021 ceremony live stream) for those who cannot attend or who would prefer to attend virtually. We thank you all for your help in continuing to follow our Stay Safe@Mudd protocols.

Thank you,

The President’s Cabinet

Maria Klawe, President
Karen Angemi, Director of the President’s Office and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Thyra Briggs, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid
Andrew Dorantes, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer
Timothy Hussey, Chief Communications Officer and Assistant Secretary to the Board
Hieu Nguyen, Vice President for Advancement
Lisa Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Marco Antonio Valenzuela, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Joseph Vaughan, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Computing and Information Services