I hope you are enjoying your summer and are preparing for the start of college in just a few short weeks! I am writing today to share an update on plans to reschedule Merit’s graduation ceremony. As you know, we had been tentatively holding the dates of August 8th and December 21st in your calendars to hopefully host an in-person ceremony. Since our last graduation communication was released, the pandemic has persisted and much more information has become available regarding safety protocols for gathering in large groups. With this information now available and with the health and safety for our families in mind, we have determined that we cannot hold an in-person ceremony this August. Furthermore, we have also made the difficult decision that Conservatory classes will not return to our building this academic year until, at the earliest, February 2021 which means that we also need to reconsider an in-person ceremony in December.