Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates
Centenary College is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and will provide updates on this page. At this time, there are NO reported or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 on campus. If we receive a report of a confirmed COVID-19 case, we will work with the local Department of Health to take the appropriate next steps.
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NEW UPDATE - March 27, 1:34 p.m.
Message from Dr. Christopher L. Holoman, Centenary President
Dear Centenary Community,
I’m sure that you have grown accustomed, as I have, to receiving many communications belonging to a genre that until a few weeks ago did not exist in our collective consciousness: COVID-19 updates. This message to our Centenary community is an especially bittersweet one, and not easy to deliver, but I can assure you that the decisions detailed below have been considered with extraordinary care and are in the best interest of our entire College community.
Our decisions deal with completing the spring 2020 term, with commencement for the Class of 2020, and with move-out procedures for all students living in residence halls during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Completing the spring term
Centenary will complete the spring 2020 term via remote instruction. The 2019-2020 academic calendar remains unchanged, with prep week, exam week, and senior grades remaining on the dates originally set. The following changes to the calendar have been approved:
- Easter Break will be used for instructional days, including Thursday, April 9; Friday, April 10; and Monday, April 13
- Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 will be used as regular class days. Please consult your course instructors for details on how this change affects individual courses.
Given the continued fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, Centenary has decided to reschedule the on-campus commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 2, to a date to be determined in mid to late August 2020. We are still, however, planning to celebrate the Class of 2020 on the original date, and we hope to gather your ideas about what kinds of virtual activities or presentations would be meaningful to you and your families. Please fill out this brief form to let us know your thoughts and suggestions for our celebrations in both May and August. Graduating seniors, please look for a separate email with more details about caps and gowns, diplomas, and other commencement items.
As I have said before, the Class of 2020 holds a special place in my heart because we began our Centenary journeys at the same time. I want you to know how proud I am of all of you and to assure you that the College is committed to recognizing all of your accomplishments and sending you off into the world in proper Centenary fashion.
Residence hall move-out
In accordance with the Stay at Home Order for the state of Louisiana, students not currently living on campus are not permitted to return to the residence halls at this time. All students will be given the opportunity to move personal items out of their 2019-2020 residence hall rooms. We are hopeful that this process can take place as close as possible to the “normal” time, but I also want to be clear that the College will not undertake this operation until we are assured by local, state, and national authorities that travel is permitted and that it is safe and advisable to do so. Please be prepared for a process that may involve making an appointment for your pick up and completing a health and travel screening. It is our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of Centenary’s students, faculty, and staff as well as the wider community, and our planning for move-out will be guided by this principle. The residence halls are being monitored by professional staff and continue under the watchful protection of our DPS officers, so our students’ belongings are safe and secure.
Thank you to all of you—students, faculty, and staff—that are working so hard and in such unfamiliar and unexpected ways to bring this semester to a satisfactory close. None of us want it to be this way, of course, but I am heartened by the positive spirit that I hear as we work through this together. Please continue to check the Centenary website for updates. I can’t wait for the chance to see you in person again!
Christopher L. Holoman