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Community First: The CARITAS Commitment

This fall, the Villanova community united around the common goal of keeping each other safe and healthy.


In August, as thousands of students, faculty and staff prepared to return to campus after months of virtual work and study, uncertainty was in the air.

Many wondered whether college students could be counted on to wear masks at all times, to stay six feet away from all but their roommates, and to avoid parties and gatherings.

There were doubts about whether a tight-knit community could keep its distance to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In response to those doubts, University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, issued a challenge: Prove. Them. Wrong.

Embracing The CARITAS Commitment, a pledge to modify behaviors to protect the health and safety of the entire community, Villanovans on campus adapted quickly to the new circumstances.

The community united around the common goal of keeping each other safe and healthy, rallied by positive messages on signage around campus and on social media.

Whatever may come, the response and unity shown this fall has proven that, even in a pandemic, Villanova is still Villanova.

Villanova students practice social distancing outside while posing around a sign that promotes wearing a mask
Rohan Gohel ’22, Sammantha Chiu ’21 and Gabriella Conley ’21 welcomed new students to Villanova and introduced them to The CARITAS Commitment as New Student Orientation counselors.