COVID-19 Update, May 8, 2020

Dear Davis & Elkins College community,

Congratulations! We made it through the spring semester! We faced a global health crisis, adapted to a new “normal,” and finished strong — together. It is certainly front of mind that our graduating seniors should be here on campus this weekend, and, while we miss you very much, we hope to see graduating seniors at the rescheduled commencement during D&E Homecoming Weekend Sept. 18-19.

Commencement video

We invite you to join us in celebrating our new graduates this weekend! Even though we can’t be together for this celebration on campus, you can applaud a graduate with a phone or video call, text, social media message, or email. We extend our most sincere congratulations to our new graduates and encourage everyone to check out tomorrow’s video message.

Transcript and diploma reminder for new graduates

  • Official transcripts with the degree credential will be available for all graduates by the end of May. The transcript is the official document verifying graduation. Graduates can order a transcript by using the link on the D&E webpage under the Academics tab.

  • D&E Registrar Stephanie Haynes has recommended that graduates order a personal copy of their electronic transcript to be sent to their email address. The transcript can be saved as a PDF file on your computer to use as you see fit. She added that sometimes potential employers do not require an official transcript, and that the unofficial PDF may satisfy their requirements.

  • Graduates unable to attend the rescheduled commencement ceremony in September will receive their diplomas by mail. Diplomas will be mailed out the week following the ceremony during Homecoming Weekend.

Academic honors and awards

Davis & Elkins College has announced its recognition of outstanding students, academic achievements, and leadership on campus for the 2019-20 year. The annual Academic Awards and Recognition Convocation, which normally takes place in April, was instead celebrated with individual department Zoom sessions and surprise phone calls.

The full list of academic achievements, honors, and awards is available at this link.

Financial relief

Financial relief checks have been mailed out to D&E students living in the U.S. Relief funds for international students are being processed on an individual basis. Any questions related to financial relief should be directed via email to Samantha Rader, Student Accounts Coordinator, at

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

Remaining students to depart – As of this weekend, there will be no students remaining on the D&E campus. While nearly all students left campus in mid-March, some students were unable to go home during the COVID-19 pandemic due to international travel restrictions and other complications. The last 12 students on campus were provided accommodations and food service since that time and had been housed in the Byrd Conference Center.

D&E athletes recognized for giving back

Davis & Elkins College athletes were ranked in the top 10 NCAA Division II schools in the 2019-20 HelperHelper Report. During the school year, student-athletes in all three NCAA institutional divisions set out to give back to the communities that support them. Schools hosted a number of volunteer events ranging from hospital visits to youth clinics, and from garbage pick-ups to mentoring to house builds. D&E was ranked #10 by HelperHelper this year among Division II schools, whose athletes spent nearly 180,000 hours impacting their communities.

No student residents on campus during summer

D&E administration has announced that there will be no student residents on campus over the summer. This will help the college in its thorough, deep cleaning of campus facilities in preparation for the arrival of students and the Fall 2020 semester. 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.

Please practice social distancing and stay well.


Dr. Rosemary Thomas

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement