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Morehouse President Announces Partial Opening for Spring Semester

Morehouse College President David A. Thomas recently announced the school's reopening plans for Spring 2021.

He revealed the Morehouse will operate on a hybrid academic program within its academic calendar, allowing a limited selection of in-person classes and a full spectrum of asynchronous online courses.

"As we approach the end of the Fall 2020 Semester, I would like to take this opportunity to express to all of you my pride in the resilience of our students, faculty, and staff," Thomas said. "Your focus on excellence while studying and working remotely in the face of two pandemics—COVID-19 and the persistence of institutional racism—is to be commended." "After assessing the COVID-19 situation and hearing from our students and families who very much want to return to campus, we have developed a plan that will allow up to 1,200 students to live and learn on campus beginning February 1, 2021." The Spring 2021 academic calendar is as follows:

  • J-Mester (Justice-Mester) classes will be held from Jan. 11-29, 2021.

  • New Student Orientation will be held from Jan. 25-29, 2021.

  • Classes resume on Feb. 1 with the start of the Spring 2021 Semester. Select courses will be offered in-person, depending on the availability of professors, and the major and classification of students.

  • Classes open for cross-registration will be taught virtually.

  • A self-care and wellness break from classes will be held on Wednesday, March 31, and Thursday, April 1. The break will continue through Friday, April 2.

  • Final exams will be held from May 3-7. The Spring 2021 Semester ends on May 7.

  • Commencement Weekend is scheduled for May 14-16.

"We wanted to afford our students, faculty, and staff ample time to plan a return to class and work as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis. Spikes in the virus and new recommendations from state and national health experts could alter our plans at a moment’s notice, but we will keep you apprised if that happens," Thomas said.

"What we have learned since March is that evidence across institutions of higher learning shows that mask-wearing, COVID-19 testing, handwashing, and strict building-sanitizing protocols, as well as a community-wide commitment to public health guidelines, are essential to keeping case counts low."

As of now, the COVID-19 virus has infected more than 54 million people worldwide, including 11 million in the United States, and about 400,000 in Georgia.

In Fulton County, where Morehouse is located, there have been about 34,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.