And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
This week’s updates include:
- announcing the revised fall academic calendar,
- new “Caring Well. Staying Well.” website,
- a short encouraging video from Dr. Chris Miller on “Faith or Fear?,”
- additional in-person campus visit days starting June 15,
- Campus Security now open for background checks, and
- pomp and circumstance in a box.
Fall Academic Calendar – After carefully reviewing information from the state of Ohio, the CDC, and various educational organizations, we are ready to announce the revised fall academic calendar. Thank you for your patience! Like many other institutions — including Ohio State and Notre Dame — we will, for this year only, end fall semester at Thanksgiving. Out of an abundance of caution, this change will allow most students to be home from late November to January 5, when some experts believe a resurgence of COVID-19 cases could be possible.
In order to ensure that students are still getting the same number of instruction hours, we will begin classes on Monday, August 17; we will hold classes on Labor Day; and there will be no fall break. Getting Started will begin Friday, August 14, although we are working on changes in the weekend arrival schedule, especially for returning students. The last day for most courses will be Tuesday, November 24. Please visit the new Student Information page on our Caring Well. Staying Well. website for additional information about “exceptions,” program-specific calendar updates, and plans for continuing longstanding Cedarville traditions.
“Caring Well. Staying Well.” Website – Today, we launched a new “Caring Well. Staying Well.” website, which will house important information about our return to campus. You’ll find helpful video resources, answers to common questions, and details about what we are doing to prepare for a safe return to campus. Be sure to check back regularly, as it will be updated often.
Faith Or Fear? – How do we as believers respond to a national pandemic? How do we navigate difficult times like we’re in right now? Continuing our “Caring Well. Staying Well.” video series, Dr. Chris Miller, Senior Professor of Biblical Studies, explains how our faith in Christ can help us overcome fear.
Resuming Campus Visits – As a reminder, we are excited to resume on-campus visits on June 15. Due to an overwhelming response already, we have opened up an additional day each week for visits. We will offer on-campus tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each day’s time slots are limited to three families, and times can be selected by registering online. For those unable to make it to campus, we are still offering live virtual visits Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. through June 15. Starting June 15, virtual visits will be on Wednesdays only. If you know of a high school student who may be interested in Cedarville, please pass along this information!
Campus Security Open for Background Checks –Starting today, June 8, Campus Security is open for limited hours to perform BCI/FBI fingerprint background checks. The office, located in the upper level of the SSC, is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To provide for the health and safety of our customers and the office staff, please follow the guidelines below before coming to the office:
- Call 937-766-7992 (ext. 7992) to make an appointment.
- Bring and wear a face mask.
- Wash your hands prior to coming into the office.
- Assess your health to make sure that you have not been ill recently or do not currently have a temperature.
Be assured that our staff will also wear face masks, and our equipment will be sanitized before and after each use.
Pomp and Circumstance in a Box – Although the class of 2020 didn’t get to experience the normal graduation festivities because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to do something to recognize this special group of grads! Class of 2020, your graduation box is in the mail! You should have received a special commemorative box with your diploma, along with a few surprises. Congratulations, class of 2020!
Graduates, this will be your final COVID-19 update from Cedarville! We love you and are so excited to hear how God will use you in the coming days and years. As a reminder, the Senior Celebration, Memories, and Stories videos are all available for you at cedarville.edu/Classof2020. Lord willing, we will see you October 4 for Commencement!