Dear Fellow Graduates,

Greetings from Herbert Hall! I hope you and your families are staying safe during this unprecedented time. I want to give you an update on how the evolving COVID-19 situation is affecting West Point and the extended West Point family.

On Friday, we shared a letter to the West Point community from the USMA Superintendent, Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams ’83, detailing how West Point is working to navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic. Most importantly, the Superintendent has decided that the Corps of Cadets will not return to West Point on 29 March as originally planned.

I also wanted to update you on how your Association of Graduates is responding.

As I wrote to you on March 13, the health and safety of our staff is of utmost importance. The Governor of New York issued an executive order that took effect today mandating extreme reductions of “in-person workforce at each location.”  Most of our staff will continue to work remotely, but we are committed to maintaining continuity of the services and programs we provide. Although it isn’t business as usual, you can count on us being responsive to the needs of the Long Gray Line.

West Point is open but all employees are encouraged to work at home if possible. There is a 100% health screening at both Thayer and Stony Lonesome gates to check for any COVID-19 symptoms. Washington and South Post Gates are closed along with the Thayer Hotel. These developments will affect the Long Gray Line and families in the following ways:

  • All Spring Class Reunions are postponed to a later date.
  • All West Point Cemetery funerals are postponed until at least May 1, 2020.
  • You can find WPAOG situation updates on WestPointAOG.org and on our social media channels.
  • For updates on USMA operations, access and cancellations go to WestPoint.edu.


As part of our vision to be the most connected alumni body in the world, WPAOG is activating a forum to help you stay connected during this time – Gripping Hands.

Hosted on our new Sallyport platform, the Gripping Hands program can assist the Long Gray Line in the times of greatest need such as natural disasters, economic events, and the current global pandemic. You may also contact us at grippinghands@wpaog.org to volunteer or ask for assistance.

We sincerely hope you will stay in touch with your questions and concerns, and we encourage you to follow all guidance designed to keep you and those around you healthy and safe.

Wash Hands!

Todd Browne ’85
President & CEO