From Office of the President | April 14, 2020

WPU Community,

I am proud of what our Pacer community has accomplished this semester at William Peace University.

We have faced unprecedented challenges and yet we have persevered. We have come together, we have extended grace and understanding, we have had some fun in the midst of struggles, and we have pushed forward.

And yet, I suspect we all are feeling a bit “robbed” right now – this semester isn’t anything close to what we had hoped (especially for our students) and I know there are experiences we were anticipating and excited about.

Just like many other universities, we are working hard on a variety of possible scenarios but certainly hope we will be as close to business as usual this fall. We have a lot of exciting plans for next year and we hope that our country will be quickly getting healthy: physically, mentally, emotionally, and fiscally.

We are hoping for a fall semester filled with engaging immersive learning experiences, Pacers living on campus, our talented students performing in theatre productions and competing in athletic events, and our community serving others and just “being” Peace.

But I acknowledge that we have a lot to learn between now and this fall and a variety of circumstances could cause us to change our plans. My promise to you is that we will keep the lines of communication open and inform you of decisions we make along the way. A few important notes:

  • We will now be delivering our entire summer course offerings online only. This is a great chance for students to continue their hard work (or even get ahead) here at WPU. We offer summer courses at a very reasonable rate to make them as accessible as possible. You can see the available courses by clicking this link: /academics/academic-resources/summer-school/

  • North Carolina is currently under a stay-at-home order through at least the end of April. Because we don’t have clarity on when this order will be lifted or how the COVID-19 spread will change over the next 15-30 days, we will not make any decisions regarding changes to the fall semester at this time.

Thank you for working so hard during this difficult transition. I have been humbled by the efforts demonstrated by our students, their families, our faculty & staff, and our alumni, donors and friends.

Stay strong.

President Ralph