Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

In less than two days, this marathon academic year will come to a close and we will celebrate the achievements of our newest members of The Long Blue Line during the Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 on Saturday and the Class of 2020 on Sunday. For those who cannot attend these ceremonies in person, I invite you to watch our livestream events:

Class of 2021 ceremony, Saturday, May 1st at 1:00 p.m.: https://www.f55live.com/?bfplayvid=265752

Class of 2020 ceremony, Sunday, May 2nd at 1:p.m.: https://www.f55live.com/?bfplayvid=265754

This year has been an incredible learning experience for everyone, and I am so proud of how our students, faculty, staff and alumni continued their commitment to keeping the education process moving forward while responding to the challenges of a global pandemic.

​We strongly encourage anyone who wishes to get vaccinated and there is still time and plenty of local supply for anyone wanting one of the three COVID-19 vaccines. The Marietta/Belpre Health Department and the Washington County Health Department continues to offer walk-in clinics, and local pharmacies are also offering vaccines. Memorial Health System is conducting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 5:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 29th, on its Wayne Street campus (802 Wayne St.). Memorial Health System will be using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was approved for use again by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A CDC panel conducted a thorough review of the vaccine and determined the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 outweighs the risks of rare blood clotting that has occurred in a small number of people who have received the J&J vaccine.​ You can register at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/.

Students who are not Ohio residents should use their Marietta College address when registering. The registration form allows you to choose which type of vaccine you want to receive. Please keep in mind that the J&J vaccine is a single dose, and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses.

The College has not decided on whether the vaccine will be required for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, but strongly encourages all students who want the vaccine to take advantage of the available resources and, if they are willing, to share that information with our Center for Health and Wellness so we can gauge the percentage of our population that has been vaccinated.

The Ohio Department of Health/Ohio State University’s wastewater sampling of five locations on campus concludes today. Yesterday, the Ohio National Guard provided its final round of testing to our campus. No decision has been made regarding future testing clinics but our Center for Health and Wellness will continue to offer testing to our students if needed. The College is deeply grateful for the Ohio National Guard’s willingness to offer this benefit to our students and employees throughout the semester. These tests, which have allowed our student teachers to continue working in local classrooms and our student-athletes to resume competition, have played an important role in the success of our spring semester and have saved Marietta College about $1 million.

With regard to our COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, we do not plan to meet during the summer on a regular basis, so unless warranted earlier, we plan to offer another virtual Town Hall Meeting a few weeks before the start of the 2021 Fall Semester.

Once again, I want to thank everyone for their commitment to Marietta College and their dedication to doing what was needed to keep our academic year in person.

Congratulations on making this historic year a success!!!

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management