Additional resources for current students; summer and fall registration underway

Posted on April 16, 2020


Dear members of the college community,

As we return from our holiday break and continue in our online and remote environments, I’d like to share these updates and reminders.

Summer and Fall Registration and Advisement

With just under a month left in the spring semester, it’s time to be proactive about enrolling in summer and fall courses. Registration is now underway for both summer and fall, and all returning students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Students, please work with your academic advisors to discuss course scheduling. All offices and services involved in the enrollment process remain open and ready to serve you from afar, including Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office, to name a few. Faculty and staff, please continue to communicate with your students and help them with any questions or concerns they may have about enrolling in summer or fall courses.

A Note on Summer Classes

Students, I strongly encourage you to explore summer study at Hudson Valley. This is an excellent opportunity to catch up or get ahead, and the credits you will earn are transferable to most colleges and universities. As you know, all summer classes will take place remotely or online, but we will continue to offer the same high-quality instruction you would expect in the classroom. We have one of the most comprehensive and affordable summer course offerings of any college in our region, with more than 450 online and remote courses available this summer, including popular science courses and labs, and you can choose from 12-week sessions beginning May 26, or six-week sessions beginning May 26 and July 6.

Graduation Application Deadline Reminder

As a reminder, our Commencement and related end-of-year ceremonies have been postponed, and plans are still in progress; we will share those plans with you as soon as they are available. However, I’d like to reiterate that students who plan to complete their degree or certificate requirements in May are still required to complete the Degree/Certificate Application by the Spring 2020 Degree/Certificate Application Deadline, which has been extended to Friday, April 24. This will ensure that you will be included in timely communications on commencement plans, among other important things, so please be sure to complete the application if you have not already done so. It will also ensure that your record will be reviewed for completion of all necessary requirements, and if successful, you’ll receive a diploma from the college and your transcripts will be updated appropriately to reflect the completion of your degree/certificate.

Student Support Services

With the end of the spring semester approaching, it’s more important than ever that students know where to find any help or support they may need. Please review the College Support Services I’ve shared in previous updates. You can also find contact information for all offices and services through the directory on the college website, or visit the “Where Do I Go For…” webpage to get connected with the correct office. Students, please don’t be afraid to make use of these services.

We understand that this is an especially difficult time for everyone, and we are making accommodations to help students deal with a variety of non-academic challenges as well. If you’re struggling and need assistance with mental health, food insecurity, basic necessities, technology accessibility, or other special circumstances, we are here to support you. If you would like to speak with a college staff member about a particular concern, you may call (518) 629-7800 or complete the Question Related to COVID-19 Situation web form to be directed to the services and resources that can help.

Good News

As I shared in my last update, I’m proud to say that Hudson Valley students, faculty and staff are among those making extraordinary efforts to support our community during this difficult time. We are continuing to highlight the most recent stories of how our college community is pitching in to help on our News page.

Final Thoughts

I’d like to reiterate just how proud I am of our college community for the way we have continued to come together to support one another and face challenges, despite the distance between us. I know we will finish this semester strong, and we’ll continue to work together each and every step of the way to help one another succeed. Thank you once again for your patience and cooperation, and please, don’t be afraid to reach out for support if you need it.

Sincerely,

Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
President, Hudson Valley Community College