President's Message: July 30, 2021

Dear Florida Tech community,

July is coming to an end tomorrow, but there is an important beginning to witness first.

At 9:30 Saturday morning, hundreds of Florida Tech students will cross the stage at the Clemente Center as we hold our first in-person commencement since December 2019.

They will be walking into a new start, launched by their Florida Tech education and their own quests for success and achievement. This is a milestone event for them and for us, and we are all excited to see it resume.

It comes during a challenging time, for sure, one that we have responded to seriously and thoughtfully. We are not free and clear yet. This week, we know of five new cases of COVID-19 among staff. (There are no new cases among students.) We wish these individuals a speedy recovery.

As we monitor the Delta variant, we are taking some steps to keep safety at the forefront at both commencement and across campus. At commencement, and during indoor activities going forward where social distancing is not possible, masks will be required. We are opting to not shake hands with our graduates as they cross the stage tomorrow either, out of an abundance of caution.

I commend and appreciate the efforts from our campus community to continue following health and safety protocols, and we certainly encourage those of you who are not yet vaccinated to get that done. The new academic year is just over three weeks away, and though we have shown vigilance in our response, the rise of this powerful variant is a reminder that we cannot let our guard down.

Thank you for continuing to do your part. Please keep yourself in good spirits, but more than that, keep yourself in good health.

Sincerely,

T. Dwayne McCay, Ph.D.
President & CEO