ODESSA, Texas ( Big 2 / Fox 24) – More changes are coming for UTPB students this year. The university announced on Wednesday that they will be eliminating Spring Break for the spring 2021 semester.
While the Permian Basin is still enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, Tatum Hubbard Chief of Staff for UTPB, said the university understands spring break is a chance for students to relax from a busy semester. But Hubbard said making the decision not to have spring break is for the safety of students.
“You have to make so many of these decisions early on so right now we’re having to make the decisions for the spring calendar,” Hubbard said. ” And all though it was not a unanimous decision for our students, staff or faculty , in the end we decided it was the most prudent decision based on the information we have right now.”
While UTPB students may be upset they will not be able to have spring break this school year, many understand the safety behind this decision.
“I can see how students are disappointed or sad about eliminating Spring Break,” said Sarbagya Malla, UTPB Student Body President. “But in a bigger picture I believe it would help students, the faculty, and the university as a whole to try to reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible.”
UTPB will also not be holding graduation ceremonies for fall graduates, they will be moved to next spring. Alexus Moore, a senior at UTPB is set to graduate this fall. Moore said she still wanted to have a graduation ceremony this year.
Even though COVID-19 is still disrupting the school year for UTPB, the university hopes their students will come closer together in these uncertain times and to do their part in slowing the spread.
” I think we have to just remain vigilant and be optimistic that one of these days things are going to be back to normal,” Hubbard said. “I really hope that it’s sooner rather than later.”