My final message of the academic year is necessarily different this year. As an unusually cold and rainy April gives way to a hopefully brighter May, we are all emerging from a trying lockdown that has tested the patience and resilience of everyone here at Hofstra as well as the communities where we each live. Of course New York was hardest hit, but we all move forward cautiously in anticipation of welcoming the class of 2024 to the DeMatteis School in the fall.
In the meantime, I want to congratulate our current students and especially our contingent of May 2020 graduates for persevering through two months of synchronous distance learning. Outstanding achievement despite a terrible hand can be incredibly rewarding. For those of you finishing up, there may be a few months of waiting before landing that entry level job, but be assured that as engineers or computer scientists your skills will be in demand very soon. Companies are adjusting to the challenges created by the shutdown and altered production and delivery of goods, and they will need an effective workforce as they focus on new technologies and develop strategies to meet pent-up economic demands. As always, it is an exciting time to be in these fields, and your ingenuity and technical skills will soon be put to the test.
We are also reaching out to our graduating seniors to send us a short video about their career and advanced study plans and how they have adapted to the unique circumstances we are experiencing.
Our school responded extraordinarily well on short notice to delivering content and maintaining contact with our students. And yet I think this whole shutdown only accentuated the fact for both faculty and students that what sets us apart from so many other engineering schools is that we really cherish the association that the classroom engenders. It is the seedbed of idea generation, of research collaboration between faculty and students, of contacts between students and outside professionals through the Co-op office, and the building of student camaraderie through clubs and homework study groups.
Needless to say, we look forward to seeing all of our returning students in person this fall, when we can look back on these months as a challenge met and an experience that has taught us all how we can adapt when unexpected circumstances intervene to deflect us from familiar routine.
To all who have lost a loved one during the coronavirus plague, we offer our sincerest condolences. To all who experienced its debilitating effects and are recovering, we offer our support and thanks. And to all friends of the DeMatteis School, we wish the best of health and wellbeing as we rebuild throughout the summer in anticipation of a prosperous and exciting new academic year.