From the Office of the President | October 8, 2020


I hope you all enjoyed Pacer Day – it was great to see so many of you out and about on campus! The Planning Team has been hard at work, considering several different options for the Spring 2021 semester calendar. The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students once again is our primary concern. We have also listened to you and our entire WPU community, and understand that the elimination of longer breaks is challenging for us all. I especially want to thank the President’s Student Advisory Council for their input on our plans. With the new schedule, we have tried to address these concerns. Please find a link to the entire calendar here.

In short, our traditional undergraduate classes will begin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, two weeks later than originally planned – and it is our intention to have as many classes as possible in person, just as we are doing this fall. SPS classes will begin on Monday, January 25, 2021. Session II classes will begin on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Key changes include:

  • Residence Halls will open for returning students on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Move-In for new Spring 2021 students is scheduled for Sunday, January 17, 2021. Orientation for new Spring 2021 students is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

  • The University will still observe MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2021.

  • We will not observe a spring break this year. Instead, a Pacer Day (no classes) will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. SPS will also not observe spring break and there will not be a break between seven-week sessions.

  • In addition, a day has been added to the holiday weekend and no classes will be held on April 1 and April 2.

  • The last day of TUG classes will be April 28, 2021 and final exams will begin on April 30, 2021.

  • Our tentative Commencement date for the class of 2021 is Saturday, May 8. For your information, we are currently targeting the evening of Friday, May 7th to celebrate the class of 2020. Plans for Baccalaureate are still being developed.

I am proud of how you each have responded to this challenging situation and look forward to a wonderful remainder of Fall Semester.

Dr. Ralph