Department Chair’s Letter to the Class of 2020

Alonso Aguirre, ESP Chair

Please join us in celebrating our newest graduates!

In an unprecedented gesture of kindness and to recognize the ESP Class of 2020 during COVID-19, department chair Dr. Alonso Aguirre has written a personalized, slightly different version of the letter below to each and every graduate in the  class of 2020 who will be receiving theirs in the mail.



Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: