Roanoke College planning for return to in-person classes, announces plans for 2020 online degrees

Published: May. 1, 2020 at 11:36 AM EDT
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The Class of 2020 will be honored on Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. with a virtual conferral of degrees at

The estimated run time is about 15 minutes.

The usual ceremony has been postponed to a later date because of the coronavirus concerns.


is working toward a goal of resuming in-person classes this fall, after switching to online-only during the


President Michael C. Maxey says the school is committed to resuming in-person instruction and providing a "safe living and learning environment on-campus" for the 2020-2021 academic year. He says the school is working to prepare for an on-time, on-campus start in August.

Maxey says, "We continue to monitor federal guidelines and work with Roanoke College health services, our incident command team, the

, and local government officials to determine future plans for returning to in-person classes safely."

He continues, "We are a community that thrives on the exchange of ideas and connections between faculty and students. Ideally, our classes will be in-person this fall."

Various scenarios are being considered, including the possibility that Roanoke College may have to look at a later-than-normal start of face-to-face classes into the fall 2020 semester, or even a continuation of remote instruction.

Maxey says he hopes to have a more definitive plan by July 1.

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