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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

We have received several questions from family members regarding New York’s evolving COVID-19 vaccine eligibility rules and opportunities for students to be vaccinated.

Beginning April 6, 2021, all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older — including college students studying within the state — will be able to schedule vaccination appointments.

Last week, Colgate began distributing COVID-19 vaccines on campus for those community members who qualify under New York State’s phased rollout plan.

The University only receives so many doses at a time, so we are also offering a shuttle to clinics at locations in nearby Morrisville (reservation required beginning April 2). The Madison County Department of Health website offers information about scheduling appointments at other clinic locations.

We are regularly telling students about vaccination opportunities through the Colgate Together Digest (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays) and other campus broadcast emails; please encourage your student to remain tuned in.

Students looking to schedule a vaccine appointment are advised to keep in mind potential conflicts between the date for any necessary second dose and when they will be departing campus for the semester.

Academic Year 2021–22 Planning

President Brian W. Casey has announced the University’s plan to return to fully in-person, residential instruction this August.

“We should, however, note that ‘normal’ in the fall of 2021 will likely be a new normal,” said Casey. “We are likely to see some necessary precautions put into place, based on local and national guidance, pandemic conditions, distribution of vaccines, and other considerations that we cannot yet anticipate. In the short term, our plans could evolve.” The final plan will be contingent upon New York State and local guidelines and measurements of health through our internal health metrics.

The plan includes adherence to the original 2021–22 academic calendar, with no modification to arrival dates, breaks, recesses, or campus departures. Classes will begin on Thursday, August 26. For additional information, read his full announcement.

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Updates From Campus

Conant House Connections: All-Student
Support Group

Conant House ConnectionsColgate’s Counseling and Psychological Services welcomes all current students to participate in Conant House Connections, a staff-facilitated, weekly support group. The group provides space for connection, processing, and the introduction of coping skills/strategies for navigating this challenging season in life. Registration is not required and students are welcome to attend as often as they are able.



Parents and family members are welcome to join these virtual events!

Ataklan portraitCaribbean Heritage Month Keynote Lecture

Wednesday March 31, 6-7:30 p.m. EDT
COVID-19 and the Impact on Caribbean Culture

Join Africana & Latin American Studies and the Caribbean Students Association present music producer Mikie Bennett and recording artist Ataklan, who will speak about their experiences. Cosponsored by the Dart Colegrove Commons.



Student Entrepreneurs Virtual Venture Showcase and Live Shark Tank

Join the celebration of entrepreneurship at Colgate, featuring innovative student ventures and world-renowned entrepreneurs. Engage with promising Colgate ventures during the virtual showcase, and tune in to the live Entrepreneur Weekend Shark Tank.

Virtual Showcase: Launching Monday, April 5

Learn about innovative businesses and inspiring nonprofits being created by Colgate students, alumni, and community members in the TIA Incubator. Watch video pitches for each venture, meet the founders, and connect with them to support their work. Launching Monday, April 5, at

Shark Tank: Saturday, April 10, 1:00‑2:30 p.m. EDT

This exciting event will feature a pitch competition and insights from leading founders and funders. The most recent recipients of Colgate’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award will share their insights during a moderated conversation. Four exceptional ventures from the TIA Incubator will pitch the panel of sharks for cash prizes.


David Fialkow ’81
Co-Founder and Managing Director, General Catalyst
2020 Entrepreneur of the Year

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Nick Kokonas ’90
Co-Owner, The Alinea Group; CEO, Tock
2021 Entrepreneur of the Year

Bharat Mediratta ’92
Chief Technology Officer, Dropbox

Deborah Benton P’23
Founder and Managing Director, Willow Growth Ventures

With Pitches by:

  • CLOVO, founded by Monica Dimas ’19 and Megan Martis ’20
  • Dunne Goodwin, founded by Sheila Dunne ’20 and Luke Goodwin
  • GoodWorker360, founded by James Nash ’21 and Seth Tilliss
  • Natural Beauty, founded by Jill Nelson


Learn more and Register



Final Thoughts

Success Looks Different for Every Student

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The 2020–21 school year has asked all of us to take on new challenges and find peace and self-care amidst the chaos. Collegiate Parent’s article “Success Looks Different For Every Student” shares six lessons they have learned — plus thoughts on how parents and advocates can continue to support students' growth.


How to reach us
Rebecca Downing
Senior Director, Communications and Parent Initiatives

Parent and family resources

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