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Cornerstone to begin fall semester earlier than scheduled

Posted at 9:31 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 09:31:28-04

GRAND RAPIDS — Cornerstone University announced it will begin the fall semester earlier than originally planned due to the pandemic and a potential waive of the virus this fall.

School officials say classes will begin August 24 and will end November 25, the day before Thanksgiving. Classes then will not resume until 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,” said President Joe Stowell in a letter to students on July 6. “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."

Officals say first-year and transfer students will arrive on Aug. 18 or 19, with freshman orientation on August 20 and 21. The rest of the students will be able to return August 22 and 23.

The school is expected to make more announcements soon about the move-in orientation.