Emergency Notifications

CMU-Africa is continuously monitoring the changing COVID-19 situation and we are working hard to plan for different contingencies ensuring the health and safety of our community.

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Latest Update,

March 27, 2020



Carnegie Mellon University Africa Graduation Ceremony Postponement

Due to the continuing global public health threat and in order to adhere to guidelines from the Government of Rwanda concerning the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, Carnegie Mellon University Africa, after much deliberation, has taken the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Graduation Ceremony, planned for Sunday, May 31.  

This is a postponement, and we remain committed to bring the Class of 2020 together, for an in-person Graduation ceremony, in the next academic year. This ceremony will include key elements of Carnegie Mellon Africa’s graduation celebration, to allow our graduates to mark this important milestone with friends, family, and the entire CMU-Africa community. We will share details about the Graduation ceremony, including the date, as soon as the current situation subsides, and our full operations return to normal.

In lieu of the Graduation ceremony, Carnegie Mellon University will host a brief online program to virtually confer degrees to all its graduates. The virtual ceremony will bring together the whole CMU community, including CMU-Africa, in order to recognize our students’ accomplishments at CMU, at the time they complete their degrees. More details on the program and how to participate in this event will be shared as plans continue to be developed.

The CMU-Africa community looks forward to celebrating the Class of 2020 in the next academic year.

To share your thoughts/suggestions or for any inquiries, please email:  africa-studentservices@andrew.cmu.edu


Other updates:

Consistent with the communication issued by the Government of Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa) in consultation with the Ministry of Education is undertaking the following measures effective immediately.

  • We have transitioned to remote instruction and distance learning which will continue through the end of the semester.
  • No students will be allowed on campus until further notice.
  • Non-essential staff will work remotely.
  • University events, meetings and student gatherings both on and off campus are suspended until further notice.

We encourage CMU-Africa faculty, staff and students to follow the guidelines on health, hygiene and social distancing provided by:

If you have had close contact with a confirmed case or contact with someone currently being evaluated for COVID-19, immediately call the Rwanda Ministry of Health toll free number 114. Please also call this number for guidance if you are developing signs of respiratory infection (especially fever, cough and difficulty breathing).


As CMU's locations move to remote instruction, Computing Services has provided technology guidance for attending classes, completing your coursework and accessing university resources from a remote location.

Remote learning guidance for students

Remote working tools for faculty and staff

For assistance with student services, email: africa-studentservices@andrew.cmu.edu

For assistance with IT services, email the IT support team

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