In a time of grave uncertainty, academia knows one thing for sure: the College’s class of 2020 deserves a celebration. Pomp, circumstance and champagne were all in order for these historic graduates –– even if it had to be through a screen.
In response to the active coronavirus outbreak and its effects on standardized testing for high school students, the College announced on Tuesday, May 19, that it would implement a testing-optional admissions policy for first-year applicants.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced college campuses to close amidst stay-at-home orders worldwide, including the College, which closed in mid-March. But for some students, the College was a better alternative than returning to their hometowns.
The novel coronavirus stems from a family of viruses that generally cause colds. There have been several coronavirus outbreaks, from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, MERS-CoV, to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, SARS-CoV. According to the World Health Organization, the current virus is frequently referred to as COVID-19.