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Parents & Family Newsletter
May 11, 2021


May 7–13: Exams
May 7–14: Residence hall move-out (extended/summer housing available)
May 13: Speech Pathology and Audiology Celebration
May 14, 10–12:30 p.m. EDT: Virtual Employer Conference: The Future of Work & Workplace Design (parent employers welcome!) 
May 15: Nursing Commissioning
May 15: Education Commissioning
May 17: Social Work Commissioning
May 18: Honors Program Celebration
May 22: Commencement Ceremonies
May 23: Final semester grades posted, 5 p.m.

2021–2022 academic calendar »

COVID Response Team (CRT) update

In our final CRT update of this school year, we thank students for how they lived out the Love Your Neighbor covenant and celebrate all that students did to make 2020-21 a success with in-person learning and living. Students will receive receive CRT updates on a more occasional basis this summer, but they can continue to direct specific questions to in the months ahead.

Read the latest updates »

Timeline for financial aid packages

Returning students will receive an email with their 2021–2022 financial aid package in late May. If the financial aid office needs any additional information from your students, they will connect with them via their student email address over the summer (so they should check this account regularly). Information for new students will also be sent to their Calvin student email address this summer.

Questions to ask as the school year ends

As students finish this year filled with additional COVID challenges on top of new learning and living experiences, don’t be surprised to see them express a wide range of emotions such as fatigue, joy, grief, anxiety, and hope.

More than anything, your student will need an empathetic environment where they can express whatever emotions they are feeling. It’s OK for them to struggle through the process. Knowing that they have your unwavering support—even if all you can do right now is listen—will make all the difference for them as they transition to summer and next steps. And for students experiencing an intensification of mental health difficulties, take the step and help them connect with treatment.

Additional ways to listen and encourage:

  • I’m proud of you for….
  • What did you learn about yourself this year?
  • Which of your courses did you find to be the most engaging?
  • What is the most helpful spiritual practice you’ve found for this season? (And offer yours!)
  • What is the most helpful thing I’ve done to support you this year?
  • How can I pray for you today?

Commencement 2021

We are excited to celebrate with over 800 Class of 2021 graduates! William Robinson, Whitworth University president emeritus, and Claire Murashima, Student Senate president, will give the Commencement addresses. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. ceremony; parking is free. Graduates are able to pick up their caps and gowns this week for advance photos on campus.

Following the ceremony, the graduate recessional will lead graduates out of the ballpark. Families and friend groups can make arrangements to connect outside the ballpark briefly for photos, but will not be allowed on the grass field. Our LMCU partners have asked that any pre-or-post-ceremony gatherings happen off-site (no tailgating events), both to limit foot traffic on their grass field and to help them follow state guidelines throughout their ballpark and parking facilities.

The web broadcast link will be posted on the Commencement website a few days before the event.

Calvin Cares Campaign with $50 matching gifts

Next week, we’re publicly launching our annual Calvin Cares campaign. Will you consider a $10 gift? Parents and families can provide lead gifts this week; your $10 will become $60 thanks to a donor who is adding $50 to the first 1,000 gifts. These dollars go to the Calvin Annual Fund—undesignated dollars which have an immediate impact on all students. 

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