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Miami previews its "one-of-a-kind" virtual commencement experience.

Virtual 2020 Commencement controversy

Last week, Miami University released a preview image of the class of 2020’s virtual commencement on Instagram which raised mixed reactions and had some students questioning if the university was taking the ceremony seriously.  

Dean of Students Kimberly Moore shares her advice with students as they navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘We’re here to help’

As students grapple with online classes, the stay-at-home order and a generally different lifestyle than they thought they’d be living, the adjustment to pandemic life has proven to be unprecedented.  Throughout the transition, Dean of Students Kimberly Moore has sent several university-wide emails which include information on resources and updates about student affairs. The Office of the Dean of Students’ website states the office provides many resources for “students’ intellectual growth and personal development.” Dean Moore, having dealt with many coronavirus-related student life issues, has these suggestions and pieces of advice for students:

Since students have left Oxford due to threats of the novel coronavirus, Miami University's campus has been extremely quiet.

‘It’s like 3 a.m. Oxford’

Miami University President Greg Crawford sent out a university-wide email announcing the decision to move all face-to-face instruction online for the rest of the spring semester on Friday, March 13, due to the threat of the novel coronavirus. Three days later, Dean of Students Kimberly Moore sent out an email with the message, “We strongly urge you to promptly leave campus while you are able to do so.” 

Melissa Thomasson is looking forward to leading new initiatives as the first female chair of the economics department.

Miami appoints first female economics chair 

Before making history here, Thomasson began her career at a small liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, called the University of Puget Sound. There, she remembers being one of two women in classes of only seven students.  “Everyone talked about that picture of Nancy Pelosi in the cabinet where she’s the only woman, and I think I know what that feels like,” Thomasson said.  “I’ve gotten used to it,” she added.