CSN Graduation Postponed, Remote Learning Extended – Students

Dear CSN Students,

I know many of you have been wondering how long your classes will be taught remotely, and whether or not we will hold our Commencement Ceremony this spring.

Today, Chancellor Thom Reilly directed CSN and all other Nevada System of Higher Education institutions to postpone or develop alternatives to an in-person spring graduation ceremony and to extend remote instruction through the end of this semester.

We understand that the decision to postpone the Commencement Ceremony is disappointing to many of you and your families. We realize how important this annual ceremony is, so it is our sincere hope to reschedule it for this summer or fall. I say that knowing that the future remains unclear.

We want the opinions of our graduating students on this important topic, so you will soon receive a survey asking for your input. The results will help inform decisions about a potential future commencement ceremony. CSN will process and award all degrees and certificates earned this semester; the postponement of the ceremony will not affect that.

Extending remote instruction through the end of the semester was not an easy decision either, but it is the right one in this time of uncertainty. At this point we are unsure whether we will conduct the summer session remotely, but please know that if the decision is made to do so, it will be made with the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff in mind.

We are also addressing several other topics with the chancellor right now, including issues regarding delinquent student accounts, deferred payments, and course withdrawals. As always, I will keep you updated as events develop.

I realize this is an anxious and trying time for you and your family. We are doing everything we can to ensure your needs are addressed. Please remember to visit our website at www.csn.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates on COVID-19 and for links to critical community and student resources available to you.

Thank you.

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada

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