COVID-19 Update, April 24, 2020

Dear Davis & Elkins College community,

As the COVID-19 global health crisis continues to grip our world, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. Your D&E campus is alive with the life of spring, but please know that things are just not the same without you!

Commencement: The votes are in!

We urged graduating seniors to complete a survey as to when they would like to see commencement events rescheduled, and the votes are in! Those responding to the survey overwhelmingly voted to have commencement exercises during D&E Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 18-20. This is only the first step in planning for that exciting event, so stay tuned for details!  We will provide more information going forward and you should expect a video update and greeting May 9.

Pass/Low Pass/Fail grading options for Spring 2020

All students have been emailed information about the optional Pass/Low Pass/Fail grading system. Students should review the information carefully and consult with their academic advisor. Completed forms are due in the Registrar’s Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18. An overview of the Pass/Low Pass/Fail grading options policy is available by watching this video.

Housing for the 2020-21 academic year

Housing sign-ups for the 2020-21 academic year will begin next week, starting on Monday, April 27, and will be completed electronically. Students will receive information in their D&E email inboxes with details on how to complete this process. The email attachment should give you all the information you need about housing sign-ups. However, if you read through the information and find that you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kate Garlick, Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX & Section 504 Coordinator in the Office of Student Life, at

College-wide awards

All college-wide awards will be announced at our rescheduled commencement exercises in September. This includes the awarding of:

  • the Lois Latham Award for Teaching Excellence;

  • the Robin Price Award for Staff Excellence;

  • the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards;

  • the Dean’s Award; and

  • the Faculty Senior Award.

Commencement has been rescheduled for D&E Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 18-20 (see announcement above).

Summer 2020 classes

All Summer 2020 classes will be offered in the online course delivery platform. If you have questions about summer classes, please contact your academic advisor. We hope you will consider enrolling. 

Video: We miss you!  CLICK the link to be reminded…

Not having you on campus has been hard, and we are doing all we can to ready your arrival to a safe and healthy campus in August. In fact, one thing that’s getting us through is knowing you’re coming back! We’re taking things one day at a time, and we made this video to tell you how much we miss you.

Please practice social distancing and stay well.


Dr. Rosemary Thomas

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement