Volume 31, Number 13
November 19, 2018

This turkey-week edition of Comm-Announce includes important news for you seniors planning to graduate next spring. Here is the latest from the UofL Department of Communication.

A reminder that Tuesday is the last day of classes this week at the University. UofL offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Classes resume on Monday, November 26.

Given last week's early blast of winter, the University wants to remind you of procedures for school closings and delays. For a list of the different types of severe weather announcements that UofL employs, go to:

When possible, we will announce decisions regarding morning classes by 5:30 a.m. and decisions regarding evening classes by 3 p.m.

We will provide school closing information in a variety of ways. The easiest way to receive the information is by signing up for UofL Alerts, which will send a text message to your phone and an email to your university account. Sign up for alerts at:

Additionally, we will officially announce the closing in the following ways:

* A notice on the university home page,

* A recorded message at 502-852-5555

* A notice on university telephones

* Postings on the university's official Facebook and Twitter sites

These are the only official methods by which we will communicate with the campus community. Information posted on traditional or social media should be verified through one of the official channels.

If no announcement is sent, the university is open and operating on its regular schedule.

In instances where we announce a delayed schedule, we will cancel classes up to a certain time and begin with our full class schedule at that point. For instance, if we delay opening until 10 a.m., classes that end before 10 a.m. will be canceled. Students who normally would be in class at or after 10 a.m. should go wherever they would be at that time unless they have received other instructions from their instructor in advance, which should be included in the course syllabus. So if we delay classes until 10 a.m. and your class usually runs from 9:30 to 11, you would go to that class at 10 a.m.

For clarification and a list of the different types of severe weather announcements that UofL employs, go to:

If you are planning to graduate in the spring, you will need to fill out a degree application online. The degree application process will be available on the Web through ULink ( The application period for Spring, 2019 extends until February 15. All candidates for degrees, whether or not participating in Commencement, must apply for graduation. Spring commencement is on May 11.After the online form is submitted, you will receive an online confirmation that it was successful. You will also receive confirmation by email to your university account. You will not hear anything regarding the status of your degree application until after the semester grades are in and an advisor reviews it for approval. If you have any questions regarding eligibility or qualification of degree requirements, please contact your advisor in the Department of Communication.For more information about applying for your degree go to:

One last chance for you to get information about obtaining academic credit for an internship this spring. Meeting will be Tuesday, November 27 at 4 pm in Strickler 310. Please bring a resume and unofficial transcript if you plan to attend and RSVP your attendance (to If you want to do an internship for credit in the spring and have not attended a previous meeting, you need to be at this session.

The early application deadline is fast approaching for the Washington D.C. Institute on Political Journalism. This program runs next summer, starting on June 2 and includes guaranteed internship placement, courses from George Mason University, and furnished housing conveniently located near the White House. Students also benefit from networking events, exclusive briefings, and guest speakers.Applicants are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of December 5 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount. For more information and to begin an online application, go to

The Fund for American Studies also offers D.C. internships in a wide variety of other areas with work at congressional offices, federal agencies, embassies, PR firms, and more. For full details on the many opportunities available in the nation's capital, go to

That's it for this week's Comm-Announce. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! See you next Monday.