Herkimer College Alerts

Important updates related to the College's response to COVID-19 are here. Information regarding student support services and resources offered remotely is here

Additional questions regarding Herkimer College's response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus can be sent to coronavirusresponse@herkimer.edu.

2019 Novel Coronavirus Updates

Update regarding 2020 Commencement | April 3, 2020

Dear Students, 

As communities and individuals around the world respond to the coronavirus pandemic, we at Herkimer County Community College continue to take measures to protect the health of our students and employees, and to do our part to help reduce the spread of disease.

We have had to make a difficult decision regarding the commencement ceremony. On Friday, May 15, we will host a special virtual commencement ceremony to be streamed live, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Our virtual event will allow you to share your celebration with your classmates, family and friends, yet remain safe at home.

We understand and empathize that not having a traditional ceremony is likely a disappointment for you, your families, and the entire campus community. We are planning an inspiring event that draws on our Herkimer College traditions, and perhaps starts some new ones too. Be assured your Herkimer College family will be supporting and cheering for you on one of the biggest days of your life.

We will be looking forward to the fall, when we can celebrate with you in person during the Fall Fest & Alumni Weekend. We intend to create a festive occasion for the Class of 2020 to gather and celebrate.

Please watch your email and check this page for more information to come about both the virtual ceremony and the fall celebration.

In the meantime, continue to work hard toward your academic goals. Lean on your friends and family for support. Reach out to your faculty and staff for assistance and support. Have patience with each other and yourselves. And know that we are in this together.

Thank you for your continuing understanding and flexibility in these extraordinary times. I sincerely wish good health to you, your families, and your loved ones.

With Warm Regards,

Cathleen C. McColgin, Ph.D.


A Message to Students from President Cathleen C. McColgin | April 2, 2020

Message to Residential Students | April 1, 2020

Dear Residential Students,

As our country, state and local community continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Herkimer College also must continue to respond accordingly. We continue to comply with local, state and federal guidelines regarding non-essential travel and self-quarantines.

Effective immediately, we are not allowing residential students to remove personal belongings from their on-campus apartments. If any essential items such as textbooks or medications are needed, you must contact the Housing Office and we will ship these items to the student’s home address. You may contact us at reslifehousing@herkimer.edu or 315-867-2222. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with you again at a later date regarding move-out procedures.

We are committed to the health and safety of all. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Jason A. Rathbun
Director of Residence Life


Message from the Senior VP for Administration and Finance: Refunds and Credits | March 31, 2020

Dear Students and Families,

We want you to know that we are working quickly to resolve the financial impact this transition to remote learning will have on a student’s unused campus housing and meals for the remainder of the spring semester while taking into account student’s financial aid awards.

Students living on campus prior to the COVID-19 crisis will receive a refund or credit for housing fees and meal plan fees (if applicable) based on the proportionate time between when they leave campus housing -- or as cleared by Residence Life -- and the end of the spring term. Students living off campus with meal plans will receive a refund or credit for the unused portion of their meal plans. Students who withdrew prior to the COVID-19 crisis will not be eligible for a similar refund or credit.

Credits or refund approaches will be finalized as soon as possible. As soon as additional information is available, we will update you. If you have any financial aid questions or concerns, please be in contact with the Financial Aid Office.

Nicholas F. Laino
Sr. Vice President for Administration and Finance


Provost's Message to Students: Support and Services for Students | March 27, 2020

Dear Herkimer College Students:

During the last couple of weeks, we have seen unprecedented changes in how colleges across the country are required to operate.  As students you have received a great deal of information in a short period of time and been asked to adjust to a completely new set of circumstances. The anxiety, fear, frustration and other feelings you may be experiencing are completely understandable and natural. The faculty, staff and administration of Herkimer College understand and respect that, and we want to assure you that Herkimer College will continue to provide you with the same level of support, assistance and encouragement you have come to expect from us. The College maintains the full range of services that were available to our students prior to the current situation, and you may use this link, https://www.herkimer.edu/coronavirus/resources/, to find information on how to continue to access those services remotely.

Our priorities at Herkimer College remain firmly centered on our students’ health and well-being, and your ability to successfully complete your studies and reach your academic goals. Please know that we stand ready to assist you with whatever needs you are experiencing with your courses. We are here for you, so do not hesitate to reach out to us for help and support. We look forward to continuing to work with you, and we wish you success with your studies.  

Michael Oriolo




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