April holds grief, tragedy, celebration of coming graduations and a day to reflect on the health of our planet. It is a good time to be rooted. Feel the Earth under your feet. Feel your ties to the community and environment. This home is your habitat. You are supported, physically, by Earth and, emotionally, by your herd. If you feel pummeled or isolated, remember that you are not alone. As you feel these ups and downs, so does the community. You are grounded in this time and place, together.
April events and resources
Health and Wellness Services has a variety of programs that run throughout the fall and spring semesters that support students, faculty and staff.
Healthy Buffs is a weekly series with tips and information on a variety of health topics important to college students.
All about graduation
Commencement to be live-streamed
CU Boulder will hold a livestreamed commencement ceremony at noon (MDT) on May 6 to recognize the many accomplishments of our graduates. In addition, as part of Grad Appreciation Days, students are invited to attend several in-person opportunities leading up to the virtual commencement events.
These in-person events will be for graduating students only. Families and friends will not be able to attend. All in-person opportunities will follow the campus Events & Activities Policy.
- April 20-29 #Forever Buffs Photos: Opportunities for selfies at iconic locations around campus such as Farrand Field, Varsity Pond, Old Main, Buffalo Plaza and more.
- April 20-22 Gear Grab at the UMC: Grad Appreciation Days will include a fair-style opportunity to purchase your cap and gown, pick up various cords and stoles, sign the class of 2021 Forever Buffs banner and even decorate your cap in a COVID-safe environment at the University Memorial Center.
- April 22-23 & 26-27 Cross the Stage: During the last week in April, students will have an opportunity to cross the stage on Folsom Field to commemorate the occasion of graduation. The event will include college and school giveaways, a Forever Buffs class of 2021 gift, presentation of your diploma cover and professionally taken photographs.
Response and resources to the Boulder shooting
We know many of you are struggling, and we write to offer our sympathy, empathy and support.
A joint message from James W.C. White, Interim Dean, and Sophia Duax and Mariah Chao, Vice President and President, Arts and Sciences Student Government.
Traumatic events can impact people in different and unexpected ways. Reactions may happen to people who experienced the event firsthand, to those who have witnessed or heard about the event or to those who have been involved in some way. Learn more about common emotional and physical reactions and support resources.
While it is important to acknowledge disasters when they happen, it is equally important to minimize additional impact and trauma to one another. Learn more about how to support your colleagues, teams and each other after incidences of mass violence and other large disasters.
Additional resources for trauma response and recovery
This SAMHSA tip sheet gives stress prevention and management tips for dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. It lists tips to relieve stress, describes how to know when to seek professional help, and provides accompanying resources.
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What To Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life
In this tip sheet, SAMHSA describes the effects that disasters and other traumatic events can have on survivors in general, and specifically on different parts of their lives. The tip sheet suggests steps to cope with a disaster or other trauma, lists signs of the need for professional mental health and substance use assistance, and identifies resources for additional information and support.
This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) tip sheet introduces some of the signs of grief and anger after an incident of community violence, provides useful information about to how to cope with grief, and offers tips for helping children deal with grief.
This SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series installment is a collection of resources about common reactions to incidents of mass violence, community violence, and terrorism; tips for coping with such incidents; and ways to support children and youth in coping.
This online article from the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) describes common reactions that disaster survivors may experience. While most reactions lessen over time, some may turn into long-term and severe responses, such as PTSD.
In this 1-page tip sheet, the NCTSN identifies 10 ways in which youth may react to community traumas such as natural or human-caused disasters and suggests ways for educators to respond to these reactions and support youth in coping. The tip sheet also advises educators to find professional mental health support for youth—and for themselves—as needed.
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Promoting healthy lifestyles is a key value of the College of Arts and Sciences. We support and share opportunities for our students and employees to understand and implement ways to increase personal wellness in their lives.