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Cornerstone University Adjusts Traditional Undergraduate Spring Semester

News Dec. 14, 2020

Given the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan and the desire to be in the best position to fulfill its mission and vision, Cornerstone University adjusted its spring semester start dates.

J-term for traditional undergraduate students will now begin on Jan. 19, 2021, a two-week delay from the original Jan. 4 start date. This change in turn delays the start of the spring semester to Feb. 1, 2021.

“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety and health in our campus community,” said Dr. Peter Osborn, executive vice president and COO of Cornerstone. “This two-week delay allows adequate time for students to return from traveling or spending time with family to quarantine or isolate, if needed.”

This delay will also result in a rescheduling of commencement. The ceremony will now take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

The academic calendars for Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Professional & Graduate Studies have not changed and courses will continue to be offered online until further notice.

This decision was guided by three non-negotiable priorities: the health and safety of students, faculty and staff; continued provision of education excellence for the benefit of the student body; and the sustainability of its mission through wise financial management.

For more information on Cornerstone’s response to COVID-19 and adjustments made to Spring 2021, visit

Audrey Wierenga

Audrey Wierenga (B.A. ’18) is the copywriter for Cornerstone’s Marketing & Communications Office. She graduated from Cornerstone in 2018 with a degree in broadcast communication. Audrey also serves on the Young Alumni Council.

In her spare time, Audrey enjoys working on her own full-length work of fiction, co-hosting a podcast about the Academy Awards and participating in local theatre productions.

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