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Information on Coronavirus


The College is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The health and well-being of our community remains the top priority. The College will continue to follow all public health advisories and guidance.

Below are updates and communications sent to the College of Mount Saint Vincent community regarding COVID-19:

March 22, 2020

To: Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Students
From: Charles L. Flynn, Jr., President
Date: March 22, 2020
Subject: Update 7 Regarding Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19

First, I’m relieved to share that Fr. Chris Keenan, OFM, was released from the hospital last week, is much improved and recuperating on campus. He thanks you all for your prayers.

As we virtually return from a very strange break, I would like to thank everyone for their characteristic Mount Saint Vincent goodwill and resilience. Everyone really does mean everyone: students, faculty, staff, and administrators. We should all take pride in that College distinction. It is not true everywhere. It is one of the many ways we live our motto.

Beginning tomorrow, all lecture/recitation classes are meeting online during their regularly scheduled class hours. Computer Services made that possible. Faculty responded to the training sessions with enthusiasm and appreciation. VP Wichern successfully negotiated a major increase in our contract to facilitate conferencing. Faculty should be contacting students in their classes by email. Support for faculty and students is ongoing. Contact Computer Services if needed via email at

All administrative offices are now functioning remotely, online. Facilities staff have deep cleaned the buildings we are closing and will be on rotation cleaning residence halls and food service spaces. Take-out dining continues for those students and staff who have had to remain on campus. Security remains on duty, at a reduced staff level, as well.

Enormous progress has been made to ensure that students can complete clinical placements, internships, and student teaching. The biggest news: Dean Annemarie McAllister, our fantastic new Dean of Nursing, has earned state approval for our faculty and students to employ an array of simulation to complete clinical placement requirements. This accomplishment is immense. It will be complex fully to plan and implement, but it is now doable. Dean McAllister will be writing directly to nursing students tomorrow.

If you have an internship this term and have not yet contacted the Oxley Integrated Advising Program please do so promptly at

Given state mandates, it is not currently permissible for students to return to campus to retrieve their possessions from residence halls. We will inform you when it is possible.

Commencement. I have received many questions about Commencement, especially because many colleges and universities are cancelling their commencement exercises. Commencement is symbolic. It is an important celebration of what our students achieve. This year as much as any year, our students and their families should be able to celebrate. At Mount Saint Vincent, Commencement is not canceled. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 29. We will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and, in a sense, the full reopening of the College. A Commencement Ball will be held Wednesday, August 26. Details will be sent to seniors shortly.

Students, please share this email with your parents or guardian.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to email the appropriate office.

This message is from Pope Francis. Let’s expropriate as our own:

Tonight before falling asleep
think about when we will return to the street.
When we hug again,
when all the shopping together will seem like a party.
Let us think about when the coffees will return to the bar,
the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will be all a memory,
but normalcy will seem an unexpected but beautiful gift.
We will love everything that so far seemed futile to us.
Every second will be precious.
Swims in the sea, the sun until late,
sunsets, toasts, laughter.
We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage.
See you soon!

March 17, 2020

Update from Charles L.  Flynn, Jr. President

March 12, 2020

Update from Charles L.  Flynn, Jr. President

March 9, 2020

Update from Charles L.  Flynn, Jr. President

March 9, 2020

Update from Charles L.  Flynn, Jr. President

March 6, 2020

Update from Charles L.  Flynn, Jr. President

March 4, 2020

Update from Kelli Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs

Contact Information

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About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, service, and leadership in the 21st century.