COVID-19 Update, May 22, 2020

Dear Davis & Elkins College community,

Components of this week’s update include the announcement and video of the top graduates in the Class of 2020, President’s List and Dean’s List honorees, information on the Davis & Elkins College Re-opening Task Force, continued information on housing for the 2020-21 academic year, and special acknowledgement of a couple groups for their creativity and tenacity during this pandemic. 

Top 2020 grads

D&E has announced its top graduates for the Class of 2020. They are as follows:

  • Valedictorian for the Class of 2020 is Jonna Burnside of Hambleton, West Virginia. Jonna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.

  • Salutatorian for the Class of 2020 is Julia Hancock of Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Julia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation with a minor in Sustainability Studies.

  • The highest-ranking Associate degree student is Sarah Figueroa of Huttonsville, West Virginia. Sarah earned an Associate in Science degree in Nursing.

D&E President Chris Wood got the great job of informing Jonna, Julia, and Sarah about their good news. You can watch that video here. Congratulations to this year’s top graduates!

President’s List and Dean’s List named for spring semester

Davis & Elkins College has released its President’s List and Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester. The president’s list includes all full-time students who earned a 4.0 grade point average for the semester and the dean’s list includes all full-time students with a semester GPA of 3.6 to less than 4.0. Complete information about those named to the lists is available by clicking here. Congratulations to these honored graduates!

Re-opening Task Force gets to work

Since President Chris Wood formed the Davis & Elkins College Re-opening Task Force to prepare for the reopening of the D&E campus last week, subcommittees have been formed and met earlier this week. Comprised of 11 administrative officials from across campus in a comprehensive approach to meeting student expectations for the fall, each of the task force members serves on more than one committee. A total of 10 subcommittees were formed and include:

  • Academics

  • Athletics

  • Cleaning & Sanitation

  • Communications

  • Compliance

  • Dining & Food Services

  • Health & Safety

  • Housing Student Life and Beyond

  • Security & Access

  • Technology

Task force meetings are expected to continue through July. D&E’s Board of Trustees also formed a Pandemic Response Task Force to assist as needed. 

Housing updates

Housing sign-ups for the 2020-21 academic year are now in full swing. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors must complete a Housing Request Form via the Online Housing Request Form. Please remember that single occupancy rooms are limited and are assigned on an availability basis. Each and every resident desiring a single room must complete a separate Single Room Application by accessing the Online Single Room Application. You must sign in and use your D&E email address when completing this form and you may only fill out this form once. Each request is reviewed and determined on a case-by-case basis. The cost of a single occupancy room is $4,000 per semester. Should you need to make changes to your submission or if you require a single room for medical reasons, please contact Ms. Kate Garlick, Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX & Section 504 Coordinator in the Office of Student Life, at

Arts & Access

In light of limitations placed on summer programming on campus, both Augusta Heritage Center and Upward Bound have found a way to “deliver” on their respective brand promises. 

Augusta has navigated the landscape and is focused on keeping the arts alive well beyond the borders of our campus, state and nation. Its creative approach to virtual delivery has already attracted international attention and continues to garner support from veteran attendees as well as newcomers.

Upward Bound provides access and a sneak peek at college life and this summer will be no exception. The pivot to online learning will be provided so students can be better prepared to make informed decisions – knowing college is within their reach and can help shape their future.    

Please practice social distancing and stay well.


Dr. Rosemary Thomas

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement