Cornerstone University will start and end its fall semester early this year because of the potential threat of a second wave of COVID-19.
Classes will begin Aug. 24 and end Nov. 25. Courses will be held on Labor Day, fall break will be eliminated and final exams will be completed the day before Thanksgiving to ensure students complete the normal amount of class hours. Classes will resume in January 2021.
“Our first and most pressing priority is to be sure that we can provide the safest community possible in the midst of the ever-changing COVID-19 realities,” President Joe Stowell said in a letter to students. “We are committed to providing a face-to-face educational experience as much as possible given the protocols that are dictated by health officials. The best way to ensure safety and a fully subscribed educational experience is for us to complete the semester at Thanksgiving.”
First-year and transfer students will move in Aug. 18 or 19 and freshman orientation will be held Aug. 20 and 21. Returning students can move in Aug. 22 or 23.
“Being nimble enough to stay ahead of the risk curve through these days has made all of us aware of the necessity of navigating this changing environment with wisdom and clarity,” Stowell said. “We have an unflinching desire to provide the safest environment and best educational experience for students in the midst of the ongoing uncertainties of COVID-19.”
The academic calendar for both Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Cornerstone’s Professional and Graduate Studies will remain as originally scheduled.
Cornerstone will be holding a virtual town hall at 12 p.m. Thursday to further discuss academic plans for the fall semester.