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Cornerstone University delays start of spring semester as COVID-19 surges

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Posted at 10:49 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 22:49:59-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Cornerstone University has delayed its spring semester start dates in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, a news release said Monday.

J-term for traditional undergraduate students will now begin Jan. 19, a two-week delay from the original Jan. 4 start date.

This in turn delays the start of the spring semester to Feb. 1.

“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety and health in our campus community,” said Dr. Peter Osborn, executive vice president and COO of Cornerstone. “This two-week delay allows adequate time for students to return from traveling or spending time with family to quarantine or isolate, if needed.”

Commencement rescheduling will also be delayed; the ceremony will now take place May 8.

The academic calendars for Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Professional & Graduate Studies have not changed and courses will continue to be offered online until further notice.