U of L will have an in-person commencement this semester Saturday, Mar 20 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville has announced that in-person commencement ceremonies will return this spring. The ceremonies will take place at Cardinal Stadium for May 2021 and 2020 graduates who wish to participate. The ceremonies will also be livestreamed.

The first ceremony is planned for Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and will include the College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate School, School of Dentistry, School of Law and School of Medicine.

Saturday, May 8 will include two ceremonies. At 10 a.m. graduates from the College of Business, J.B. Speed School of Engineering and School of Public Health and Information Sciences will be recognized. The 4 p.m. event will include graduates from the College of Education and Human Development, Kent School of Social Work, School of Music and School of Nursing.

Sunday, May 9 will be held for a rain date if one of the original ceremonies must be postponed due to inclement weather.

Details for the ceremonies are still being finalized. However, U of L will follow all city, state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines. Masks and/or facial coverings will be required and must be worn at all times. The office of Gov. Andy Beshear approved the plans for the commencement ceremonies this week.

According to U of L News, the university is anticipating roughly 1,800 students to attend the events. Each graduate can invite up to eight guests, who will be seated in group pods of four seats.

Detailed information on how to obtain tickets, parking and entry instructions, and inclement weather plans will be shared by early April.

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Ekstrom library will no longer require U of L IDs for entrance and will monitor for masks Thursday, Feb 4 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville announced on Jan. 29 that Ekstrom library staff will begin monitoring the library to enforce the mask mandate. This comes after a meeting between U of L’s student government association and Ekstrom library staff to discuss mask enforcement and the requirement to show a student ID in order to enter the library.

“We appreciate that most of the Cardinal Family has followed our public health policies around wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and practicing good personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus,” Provost Beth Boehm and Dean of Students Michael Mardis said in their statement.

“However, some people are beginning to ignore these policies.  This has become a significant issue in some of our large public spaces, particularly Ekstrom Library. ”

Patrons of the library who refuse to follow the mask mandate, after being reminded by a staff member, will be asked to leave and could face consequences from the Dean of Students Office.

SGA President Sabrina Collins said that the SGA brought up the need for this policy in a meeting with U of L administrators as well as in an SGA senate meeting that was attended by Ekstrom Library Dean Bob Fox and Associate Dean Bruse Keisling.

“This practice has proven necessary because of the widespread lack of masking in the library despite other efforts to encourage compliance,” Collins said.

SGA also came to an agreement with library staff about issues with the library’s policy to require a student ID for entry.

“The practice of checking cardinal cards at the library was being done in an effort to de-densify the library and ensure that our students were the ones utilizing the space,” Collins said. “Additionally, administration hoped that having a checkpoint at the door would ensure people were reminded to wear their mask if they tried to enter the space without one. In practice, we know that this did not have the intended impact and, in fact, created a hostile environment for students of color.”

SGA announced in a statement on social media on Jan. 22 that this policy would no longer apply, but a security guard will continue to be stationed at the entrance to Ekstrom.

SGA urges students who have any issues or concerns with this situation to reach out to them at sgacares@uoflsga.org.

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