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Virtual Retirement Celebrations

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June 8, 2020

Dear colleagues,

It’s the time of year when many of us look forward to celebrating milestones – graduations, birthdays, births, weddings, retirements and more. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of everyone in our community, UCI Health has made the difficult decision to prohibit in-person celebratory gatherings at this time. We would welcome working with you to organize your celebration after the resolution of the pandemic.

To specifically address the requests we have received regarding retirement celebrations, we’d like you to consider honoring our colleague’s years of service with virtual celebrations.

You may purchase gift cards for our retirees (within the limits of the policy), however, due to our financial situation, all other funds for retirement parties are not allowed. This includes departmental budgeted funds for employee morale.  

Similarly, in-person business meetings are strongly discouraged unless the meeting is critically important and at least six feet can be maintained between attendees. Masks should also be worn, and all surfaces should be sanitized before and after the meeting.

Please contact your Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) with any questions.


Ramona Agrela
Associate Chancellor & Chief Human Resources Executive, UCI

Neil Myers
Controller, UCI Health Finance Administration