HANNIBAL | Hannibal-LaGrange University will resume in-person classes and residential life on campus for the fall 2020 semester.
University president Anthony Allen said the university's plans are contingent upon guidance from public health officials; as well as from the federal and state government.
“The Bible says that we plan our ways, but God directs our steps,” Allen said. “So we are planning in faith knowing that whatever happens we will persevere. The health and safety of our students is paramount and we will continue to vigilantly prepare and respond appropriately.”
HLGU allowed their staff to return on May 4, when the shelter-in-place order was lifted. As the university resumed regular operations, HLGU has implemented safety protocols and procedures for its employees.
Allen said that he expects the on-campus experience will return stronger than ever before.
“Speaking personally, this forced time apart has made me even more grateful for the warm sense of family and community we have at Hannibal-LaGrange,” Allen said. “This spring found our campus beautiful, but empty. Our students' return will return it back to life.”
HLGU has also scheduled an on-campus for 2020 graduating seniors on Aug. 15.
Allen said he expresses his appreciation for the students, faculty and staff of the university.
“Moving classes online due to the pandemic was herculean feat, and I am proud of the way our students and faculty adapted,” Allen said. “Even though we are not able to enjoy the close bonds of relationships on campus, our community rallied to encourage one another, and provide virtual events and opportunities to interact with classmates and our university community.”
The fall semester is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 24.