RMC to continue online instruction through spring semester, announces changes to commencement ceremony

BILLINGS, Mont., March 27, 2020 – In response to the rapidly evolving situation generated by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Rocky Mountain College is extending its online/alternative instruction directive for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, which concludes on May 8. In addition, the College is altering its plans for the spring 2020 commencement ceremony.

On March 18, the College joined other educational institutions in Montana to take steps to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and help protect the health and safety of our students and community by moving all classroom instruction to online or alternative instruction. In conjunction with this action, all College events and College-sponsored travel are canceled for the remainder of the semester. 

The spring 2020 commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 9, will be conducted in a virtual format, complete with the conferring of degrees, a charge from President Wilmouth, and a guest commencement speaker. More details will be released soon. Additionally, all graduates from the class of 2020 will be invited back to campus in May 2021 for a dual commencement ceremony with the class of 2021.

Following Governor Bullock’s order to shelter-in-place from March 28 to April 10, Rocky Mountain College is considered an essential business and will continue operation via online instruction delivery and following all social distancing guidance. Residence halls and dining services will remain open for students living on campus. Faculty and staff will continue to work remotely and essential employees will work on campus in support of educational delivery at the College. 

“Though it saddens us to have to change plans for our 138th Commencement Ceremony, we will do everything we can to honor the achievements of the class of 2020 and their families,” said RMC President, Dr. Bob Wilmouth. “Our mission is an important one, and I am proud of the way the Rocky community has rallied together during this challenging time.”

We recognize the effects that these changes have on our students, employees, and the larger College community. We will continue to work closely with state and local health officials to ensure that we are taking the steps necessary to keep our students and campus community safe. For updates on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic at Rocky Mountain College, please visit www.rocky.edu/coronavirus.