President’s Message | October 2020

Published on October 15th, 2020

Dear students and alumni,

October is usually a busy time at CSU. Campus is bustling as we prepare for our graduates to visit and celebrate commencement with their loved ones here in Orange Beach. I always have enjoyed the electricity that pulses across campus during this time of year.

This year, however, will look a lot different. We have faced many challenging decisions as our country is faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and our local Gulf Coast communities are continuing to recover from Hurricanes Laura, Sally and Delta. Sally brought devastating destruction that will take weeks to repair. Many of our employees are still dealing with damage and setbacks, as well.

As you may know, this year’s commencement ceremony will take place virtually, due to the pandemic, and was postponed to Dec. 4, 2020, due to Hurricane Sally. A virtual ceremony may be very different from what we’re used to, but the celebration will be just as significant. This is a time to honor your commitment to your education and to celebrate the accomplishments of so many graduates who will receive their diploma this year.

I look forward to 2021 when we will once again gather on campus. For now, if you are graduating this year, know that we are so proud of you and will be celebrating your efforts with pride and excitement as you flip your tassel on Dec. 4.

Ken Styron

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