Aquinas College plans ‘return to normal’ this fall with in-person classes, activities – About Your Online Magazine


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Aquinas College is preparing for a return to normal semester next fall, with face-to-face classes and activities planned for the 2021-22 school year.

The college announced its plans to offer face-to-face classes, on-campus accommodation and face-to-face activities such as athletics this fall, according to a press release on Tuesday, May 4. All activities will be planned according to state health guidelines in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I look forward to seeing the energy, creativity and joy that come from the relationships on our campus and the personal support that our faculty and staff provide to our students,” said President Kevin Quinn in a prepared statement. “This is what makes Tomás de Aquino unique.”

Aquinas College will hold virtually some summer enrollment dates, but any dates scheduled for the end of the summer must be in person, the statement said.

Incoming freshmen will move on August 21, and returning students will pass on August 23. Orientation is scheduled for August 22-24 for new students, and classes will begin on August 25th.

The college taught face-to-face classes during the academic year 2020-21, except during the state term in the fall, when colleges and high schools were forced to interrupt face-to-face teaching.

Aquino, located at 1700 E. Fulton St., has not experienced a classroom-related outbreak of COVID-19 this year, which college officials said was due to the robust health and safety protocols implemented on campus this fall.

All employees will return to campus to work until July 6 to prepare for fall activities, according to the statement. This return depends on the state’s vaccination-based milestones.

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The Catholic college of liberal arts plans to offer other traditional campus programs in person and will make more detailed announcements about these activities in the future, according to the press release.

“Aquinas College students are at the heart of our mission, and our plan for the fall is to provide them with the best experience possible with the greatest possible security,” said Quinn. “Health and safety will continue to be our priority, and we will adjust our plans as needed.”

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