R.I. vaccination updates
R.I. vaccination updates
Friday, April 2, 2021
Consistent with other highly residential university campuses and the upward trajectory the northeast and R.I. have experienced in the past two weeks, on Monday Bryant’s COVID-19 surveillance testing identified an uptick in positive cases. We informed the community and moved quickly to implement proactive measures including testing the full-population March 31 and April 1, with nearly 2,800 tests in 48 hours.
Since Monday’s rise in positive cases and in positivity test rate, we have had a significant decline in both. The decision to implement full population testing over two days was effective. The daily positivity test rate dropped from 2.5% to well below 1% and the 7-day moving average positively rate is on the decline once again.
Keeping our community safe through the end of the semester and Commencement will require ongoing commitment, but we can do it if we all continue to work together. Please make sure to be safe during this holiday weekend. If you leave campus and gather with family and friends, take care and exercise caution so that you return to campus healthy.
Essential protocols that limit social gathering size remain critical. Social gatherings are how COVID-19 spreads, and to keep everyone safe we are continuing increased Public Safety in our residents halls and townhouses. It is important that all members of the community continue wearing masks, maintaining social distance, frequent handwashing, and avoiding unnecessary trips off campus. If we all work together we can keep Bryant strong and finish strong.
Bryant University Commencement Weekend 2021
Commencement is a cherished academic tradition that recognizes a key milestone for our graduates and their families. Bryant is very pleased that new standards for venues of assembly announced by the R.I. Dept. of Health have increased the number of people able to attend an outdoor ceremony and now make it possible for us to host in-person Commencement ceremonies with a limited number of families and friends as guests.*
Thursday, May 20
Graduate Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2021
5 p.m. under the Main Commencement Tent
Graduate Reception for the Class of 2021 immediately following Commencement ceremonies
Friday, May 21
Baccalaureate Service
4 p.m. under the Main Commencement Tent
Saturday, May 22
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2021
10 a.m. and 3 p.m. under the Main Commencement Tent
Sunday, May 23
Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2020
11 a.m. under the Main Commencement Tent
*Guests will view the ceremony from one of several remote viewing locations on campus, including the David M. ’85 and Terry Beirne Stadium Complex. Each graduate will be permitted a maximum of two guests. Those participating in Commencement and their guests will be required to show proof of advance testing and negative results. Further details will be shared as the dates approach.
Attention Seniors
Please place your Cap & Gown order for Commencement by visiting: https://bryant.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome
Place your order by April 4 to ensure delivery in time for Commencement. You have the option to send regalia to either the bookstore, for on campus pickup, or to your home.
Questions: please call the Bookstore x6240 or email commencement@bryant.edu
Vaccination Updates
We know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe disease, and that COVID vaccines are held to the same safety standards as other vaccinations. Bryant strongly encourages all members of our community to track their vaccine eligibility and get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible.
Rhode Island is on schedule to open vaccination eligibility to everyone age 16 and above who lives, works, or goes to school in Rhode Island by April 19. This includes all Bryant students, faculty, and staff. See the updated timeline
We are fortunate that R.I. continues to be in the top 10 states nationally for the number of people who have received at least one dose and fourth in the country for the number of people fully vaccinated. More than a half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in our state.
Beginning Monday, April 5, people age 50 to 59 can sign up to be vaccinated at pharmacies, and at local and regional vaccination sites. Starting Tuesday, April 6, they can also sign up for appointments at state-run sites on www.vaccinateRI.org. New appointments for state-run sites open every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and every Friday at 5 p.m.
If you live in CT and are age 16 and above, you are eligible already. If you live in MA, check the most current information on vaccine eligibility here.
Summer Session Registration and 2021-22 Academic Calendar
Building on the popularity of Bryant’s wintersession program, registration for Summer Session 2021 at discounted tuition rates is open. All classes will be taught remotely.
  • Undergraduate Summer Day I: May 26 through June 30
  • Undergraduate Summer Evening: May 26 through July 21
  • Undergraduate Summer Day II: July through August 5
For more information about Summer Session 2021 including cost and the start and end of classes, click here.
Bryant has also announced the Academic Calendar for Fall 2021-Spring 2022. Learn more (.pdf)

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