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I am delighted to welcome you to Gratz College for the 2020-21 academic year. You are part of a learning community that stretches around the world, with students and teachers from across the United States and Canada, as well as in South America, Europe, the Middle East, and east Asia. As an online college, we have teachers and students everywhere. You are also part of a milestone in Gratz’s legacy in education, as this year marks the 125th anniversary of our founding.
I hope all of you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and taking care of yourselves during these stressful times. I know many of you are juggling multiple responsibilities from home – studying, working, taking care of family members, and supporting your own children’s remote learning. These are difficult times, but I have confidence that, together, we will come out of this year stronger and more prepared.
Because we have been an online college for nearly two decades, we are well positioned to continue learning and teaching in this year of the pandemic. Gratz continues to operate, online, expanding course offerings and educating all of you. In August we had an online commencement that attracted more than 125 families and friends of Gratz on the day of the event, and more than 500 viewers since then. This spring we will have another online commencement for our next cohort of graduates. I hope all of you will be able to zoom in, from wherever you live.
I wish you all the best for the new year. Stay healthy and be well. We will all get through this and our future will be bright.
Paul Finkelman, Ph.D. President