Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa shared the following message with the campus community on Friday, May 1.

As we enter the month of May, it feels like a lifetime ago that we were still hopeful students might be back on campus before the end of the semester.  A primary concern at that time was the experience for our graduating seniors and our ability to provide them with the Commencement ceremony they earned and deserved to participate in. We still find ourselves in the situation of not knowing when we will be able to schedule Commencement but we refuse to let the academic year end without marking this milestone for our graduates.

We announced to our graduates today that we are holding a virtual “End of Year Celebration” to mark their accomplishment. This is not a replacement for Commencement. Simply a small gesture to show our graduates how much we care and to congratulate them. We will be sharing more information as details become available, but please mark your calendar.


Toast the Class of 2020
Friday, May 22, 5 p.m. PDT

Though Commencement will be rescheduled, you can join President Daniele Struppa, our school and college deans, and special guests at this virtual celebration honoring our newest alumni.


Friday Update, May 1, 2020

  • It is heartwarming to share that this year’s Giving Day was a tremendous success. We raised $1,105,338 from 1330 gifts in a single day. The generosity and support of our Chapman Family during this time is overwhelming. By comparison, we raised over 5 times as much as last year’s inaugural Giving Day. This truly demonstrates that the community understands the nature of the challenge our students and families are facing and has come together to support them. Thank you to all who contributed either financially, or by sharing the messages or cheering us on. You can read more about the success here.


  • As we head into another weekend and you look for new ways to stay occupied, I want to point out two great resources from our Leatherby Libraries. First, the Chapman University Digital Commons—that recently hit an exciting milestone of one million downloads —contains over 27,000 articles, book chapters, dissertations, theses, etc. from Chapman faculty, students and staff. Also, your Chapman credentials give you access to Kanopy, an enormous collection of films, documentaries and instructional content.


  • I know we are all concerned about our students during this remote experience, and many of you are working hard every day to keep them engaged and connected while spread all over the world. I want to highlight some of the work being done so you can follow and get involved as appropriate.  Departmental resources can be found on the Student Life Virtual Programming page, such as Fish (Chapman Hope), Leatherby LibrariesHilbert Museum, Career and Development resources and the “Support Your Panther” Athletics campaign.


  • Vice President for Research Thomas Piechota will be hosting another Ask the Experts – COVID-19 Town Hall on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., with several faculty: Marc Weidenmier (Professor of Finance and Economics, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics) – update on changes in consumer confidence; Tara Gruenwald (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences) – prosociality as a mitigating factor for mental, social and physical well-being during COVID-19; Daniel Tomaszewski (Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy) – student health and learning during COVID-19; Anna Leahy (Professor, Director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Tabula Poetica) – ways that writers have been affected by and are responding to COVID-19. All are invited to join with this link and learn more about their fascinating work and ask questions of the experts.

I close yet another week of being remote with a reflection from Fish Interfaith Center Dean of the Chapel Gail Stearns. Stay healthy and safe, Panthers.