During recent days, the coronavirus pandemic, and the actions of federal, state and local authorities and health officials, have required educational institutions to implement a number of changes to their programs. These developments have also had a significant impact upon Mid-America Reformed Seminary. In order to keep you informed, we want to alert you to some of the steps that the Seminary has taken.
First, our classes are now being presented through an online platform. This means that our students are able to continue with their studies, though they are unable to be present on campus. We are committed to do all that we can to ensure that the students can complete their studies for the spring term, and that the seniors can complete the work required for them to graduate.
Second, we have temporarily suspended events on our calendar that involve social gatherings of the Seminary community.
Third, the Seminary office and facility are not closed to staff and faculty (though most are working at home and those who come to the Seminary are isolating), but students may only come to campus by appointment with the Associate Librarian. The Seminary and library are not open for use by persons from the community until further notice.
Fourth, no decision has been made regarding the postponement or cancellation of the Seminary's Commencement Exercises on May 7, 2020. We hope to be able to hold these exercises, but it remains to be seen in what format this may best occur.
These changes have significantly affected the way we are training our students for gospel ministry. However, we remain confident that we will be able to complete the present semester. We also trust that the Lord, who is our light and salvation, will continue to provide for our needs in the future as He has in the past.
Cornelis P. Venema