President Peter Salovey ’86 PhD addressed an online audience of alumni volunteer leaders last week in the second plenary event of the 2020 YAA Assembly and Yale Alumni Fund Convocation, reiterating Yale’s commitment to lead, to continue to pursue its mission amid the necessary restrictions of COVID-19, and to be a model for excellence in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Salovey’s remarks were part of his annual Assembly and Convocation university update, for the first time delivered to an exclusively online audience. Rather than its traditional three-day, in-person session in November, Assembly and Convocation is being held as a series of online sessions throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
“This has been a semester unlike any other,” Salovey said in his opening, referring to it as “an extraordinary year.”
He was quick to add that the pandemic, while affecting much of campus life, has not changed Yale’s mission or its ability to provide the finest educational opportunities possible for students.
Because of the necessary health and safety protocols currently in place, “many aspects of student life differ from our traditions,” he said. “However, I am deeply grateful that we can gather students on our campus for the informal and formal interactions that constitute a great education. … Whether our students are learning in person or remotely, they can continue their education, earn full academic credit, and benefit from Yale’s enriching academic services.”