Update: April 30 Remembrance Plans
March 17, 2020 -- The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving, and UNC Charlotte is prioritizing decisions to help protect the health and safety of our 49er community. The Centers for Disease Control recently issued guidance that recommends eliminating large public gatherings of more than 50 people and on Monday, the White House suggested that an even lower threshold is desirable.
This guidance unfortunately affects our scheduled Day of Remembrance plans on April 30, observing the one-year anniversary of that tragic day in our campus history. We are committed to finding meaningful ways to honor the lives lost and all those affected. However, we will need to do so in a way that supports social distancing practices and protects the health of all those involved. Therefore, we made the difficult decision to cancel “United: A Remembrance Concert” at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. The event will not be rescheduled. Chancellor Dubois has shared this decision with the Howell and Parlier families, and they are fully understanding of it.
We are currently determining whether it is possible to create an on-campus remembrance event that respects social distancing protocols, such as a streaming remembrance ceremony. More information will be shared soon.
All proceeds from the concert were planned for the Remembrance Fund, which will be used to support the work of the Remembrance Commission. If you wish for your ticket purchase to be contributed to the Remembrance Fund as a tax-deductible donation, please fill out this form.
It is disappointing that this Day of Remembrance will be significantly different from our original plan, but we continue to make decisions that support the health and well-being of our entire community. The enduring spirit of Niner Nation is one of resilience, and we will get through this extraordinary time, together. We truly appreciate your understanding and patience.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Previously planned events for the April 30 Day of Remembrance are cancelled; more information coming soon as planning for remembrance activities evolves under the current health crisis.
The intent of the Remembrance Concert is to honor Reed Parlier and Riley Howell, our four injured students, and all those affected by the events of that day. The concert will be hosted by CBS national correspondent Don Dahler, ’91, and will feature the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Christopher Warren-Green. The concert will also include live musical, dance, theatre, and artistic performances from UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as an original composition written by one of our faculty members, John Allemeier. The composition will accompany an original video production that will both remember the victims but also the larger and united response of the greater Charlotte community.