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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated June 4, 2020 at 1:50 p.m.

Current Situation

  • Mississippi College is providing limited, yet essential on-campus services.
  • MC has revised the academic calendar for the fall 2020 semester. The semester will begin August 17 and will end November 24.

  • The MC Medical Crisis Response Task Force has developed guidelines to ensure that our students and faculty remain healthy and that our campus reopens in August as planned.

  • Mississippi College will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a traditional commencement ceremony on August 1, 2020. 
  • MC has created the MCares Fund to provide emergency aid to current MC students to ensure they have housing, food, and other forms of support they need to continue their studies at Mississippi College. 
  • In addition to the MCares Fund, certain Mississippi College students are eligible to receive emergency aid under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Programmade possible through the Coronavirus Assistance, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Latest Updates (May 29, 2020)

Dear Student,

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Mississippi College in August. Our beautiful campus isn’t the same without the energy and enthusiasm your physical presence brings to MC.

The Fall Opening Task Force has been studying the best ways to safely resume on-campus operations. Two key concerns include the potential for another wave of COVID-19 infections in late fall/early winter, and the risk that travel by students and faculty during breaks could increase the chances of exposure when travelers return to campus.

To address these concerns, MC has revised the academic calendar for the fall 2020 semester. The main differences you’ll notice are that the semester will begin one week earlier and will end before Thanksgiving.

Revised Academic Calendar • Fall 2020

  • August 8 - Meal Plans Begin/Staggered Move-in
  • August 11-16 - Orientation/Welcome Week
  • August 17 - Classes Begin
  • November 17 - Last Day of Classes
  • November 18-24 - Final Exams
  • November 28 - Move out of Residence Halls

Other Important Changes:

  • Labor Day and fall break holidays have been canceled. We are so sorry, but it’s a necessary change for safety reasons.
  • Fall Commencement will be postponed to coincide with Spring 2021 commencement.

While the semester will conclude in November, the time you’ll spend in classes will be almost the same given the early start and canceled fall break.

We understand these schedule changes may cause some inconvenience and require adjusted planning. We appreciate your flexibility as we do all we can to ensure your return to campus goes smoothly. Looking on the bright side, the revised calendar will not only help protect our MC community, but will also give you a longer period during which to enjoy the holiday season.

Over the summer, you’ll receive more information about new procedures we’ll put in place to keep you safe and healthy when you get back to MC.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus in August.

Dr. Jonathan Ambrose
Fall Opening Task Force Co-Chair

Dr. Jonathan Randle
Fall Opening Task Force Co-Chair