Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - May 1


This week, we closed out the spring semester. As our graduates gather for small, in-person ceremonies spread out across campus this weekend, I want to add to the growing voices of congratulations to our 2021 spring graduates who have endured a lot during their educational journey at Michigan State. Their accomplishments are truly remarkable and a testament to the meaning of Spartans Will. And a very special thanks to all those who worked so hard to provide in-person graduation opportunities for our graduates.

Here is this week’s recap of coronavirus-related communications.

Important Updates

  • Monday, Senior Vice President Vennie Gore sent a message to all graduates and their guests reminding them of the safety measures we all must adhere to during commencement ceremonies. A copy of that message is attached.
  • Wednesday, President Stanley gave an update on the state of COVID-19 at MSU and plans for the fall semester, noting that MSU’s vaccination clinic at the Pavilion has vaccinated over 3,400 students, faculty and staff over the past nine days and encouraging the community to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.
  • Thursday, the state of Michigan outlined its plan for vaccination-based milestones toward normalcy. Highlights of the plan are also attached.
  • Starting Friday, MSU began hosting more than 50 in-person and two virtual commencement ceremonies to celebrate the Spring 2021 graduating class. In-person ceremonies are socially distanced and have a limited attendance.
  • Friday, Ingham County Health Department announced it would reintroduce the Johnson & Johnson vaccine into its vaccination clinics for those who would like to have a single-dose vaccine. You can read their complete announcement here.  Please watch for more information in the coming week on additional vaccines available for MSU students.
  • MSU this week reported out on the number of students it was able to provide financial assistance to using the second round of Higher Education Relief Funding from the federal government. You can see a recap of how many students were helped here.

Spartan stories

  • Brooke Ingersoll, a professor of psychology at MSU, explains how COVID-19 may change the future of autism education. Read more here.
  • Last week, the monthly State of the State podcast from MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, hosted by Arnold Weinfeld, Charley Ballard and Matt Grossemann discussed the role of social media in spreading misinformation during the pandemic with MSU Assistant Professor of Communication Dustin Carnahan. Listen to the discussion here.

As always, please continue to check our Together We Will website for the latest information on our response to the pandemic, and MISpartan Impact for stories on partnerships and collaborations across the state. Attached is an 800 script for you and your units to use when responding to callers or those who have questions about MSU’s response to COVID-19.