As the semester one 2020/21 closes, I cannot thank you enough for the flexibility and resilience you have exhibited since the semester began. The way you have responded to so many changes and challenges is awe-inspiring and has provided me with an excellent example of the UniK Way. Along with our staff members, you have adjusted to online instruction and have discovered new and creative ways of learning. Many of you also have answered the call to serve others during this time of crisis, including our Social Work and Bio – Medical students who have been directly involved in slowing the advance of the pandemic in our local community. Thank you – we appreciate your willingness to serve!
This semester has proven how resilient and adaptable we can be in the face of adversity. We are going to need to continue to leverage these strengths in the coming months as we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19 on UniK, as well as on our families, community, and nation. I have never been more certain of what can be accomplished when we work together. The way so many members of our community have stepped up as we have navigated the challenges and changing landscape before us has been truly remarkable.
Last year, in October, almost 300 our finalists were scheduled to sit at the graduation square to be honored for reaching one of life’s most important milestones. While the graduation did not take place, I am looking forward to the virtual ceremony which will take place on April 9, 2021. I believe we will all be inspired by this unique celebration for our graduates. I wish, therefore, to remind those who applied and cleared for the graduation to pick their gowns from the University store, if you have not yet done so. However, graduands are reminded not to invite their parents or friends to the scientific graduation ceremony at the University.
Your UniK administrators and staff members will be working diligently this Easter break to prepare for the second semester. Although we know online classes will still be there, we plan to have you do all practical classes face to face. We shall therefore report for both online and face to face lectures on April 19, 2021. Resident students should plan to arrive at campus on 16th and 17th of April, 2021.As we proceed, the health and safety of our community will be front and centre in our planning. We will also be mindful of, and comply with, requirements and public health orders from government authorities. And, we will need to maintain a level of flexibility to respond to any changes, including those that may emerge after the semester begins.
I wish you and your families a safe and happy Easter!