Dr. Peter J. Ricketts,
President and Vice-Chancellor

From the President's Desk


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the bedrock of Acadia’s core values. Compelled by the importance of our commitment to these values, my colleagues and I unequivocally condemn the racist acts that have triggered outrage and social action across the continent and around the world in recent days.

I understand that you are keen to know what approach Acadia will take and assure you we will make a formal announcement soon. In the interim, I hope an indication of our preferred path forward will give you some context as you undertake your planning for the start of the new academic year.

University Hall's iconic clocktower, surrounded by autumn leaves overhead.

Students, faculty, and staff want to know what shape the fall will take. We all share a desire to be back on campus in the usual way, but by any measure, these are unusual times. Our decision will be unique to our circumstances, culture, and methods.  

As I reflect upon the last six weeks, it is hard to believe what we have been through to get us to the end of the academic year. Yet here we are, as the winter term ends, courses are graded, and many of our students will now graduate after completing their program of studies at Acadia. This has certainly been a time without precedent in Acadia’s long history, but as in previous albeit different situations in the past, we have as a community demonstrated the characteristics of resilience, grit, and determination that have ensured Acadia’s survival and success for over 181 years.