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Parents & Family Newsletter
April 27, 2021


April 30: Capella concert
May 1: Engineering Senior Design presentations 
May 1: Dance Guild Flash Mob
May 1: Wind Ensemble concert 
May 2: Tune Our Hearts to Sing Thy Grace: Hymns of faith led by Calvin’s choirs
May 4: Film & Media Showcase
May 6: Symphonic Band concert 
May 7: Strong in Joy: Gospel Choir + Worship Apprentices
May 7–13: Exams
May 7–14: Residence hall move-out (extended/summer housing available)
May 8: Native Plant Sale
May 14, 10–12:30 p.m. EDT: Virtual Employer Conference: The Future of Work & Workplace Design (parent employers welcome!) 
May 22: Commencement Ceremonies

Save the Date: 

October 1–2, 2021: Homecoming & Family Weekend 
(note: not October 12, as indicated in the prior issue)
October 2, 2021: Calvin Classic 5k 

Calvin events calendar »

COVID Response Team (CRT) update

The April 19 CRT weekly update takes another look forward at fall 2021 and how community immunity from COVID-19 vaccinations is an important benchmark in making possible a more normal fall semester. In addition, it notes that students participating in Calvin off-campus semester programs next fall will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The April 27 CRT message provides information on rapid PCR COVID-19 testing available for students traveling outside the United States at the end of this semester.

Read the latest updates »

Residence hall move-out instructions

The end of the school year is in sight! Students have already received their final check-out instructions so they can plan ahead for a smooth move-out experience. They may leave boxes of personal items (no mini-fridges, couches, etc.) in the residence hall trunk rooms for summer storage.

Students are expected to move out within 24 hours of their last exam, but they can arrange exceptions for carpooling or other transportation issues by contacting their area coordinator or graduate assistant. The halls close for all students at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 14, unless they have applied for transitional housing.

Transitional housing is available from May 14–24 free of charge for seniors and those staying for the entire summer, or for a small fee for non-seniors or those not staying for the entire summer. Meal plans are also available to purchase for May 14–24.

One or two parents are welcome to assist with picking up students and their belongings but are expected to wear masks and follow all on-campus safety procedures.

Full move-out and transitional housing details »

Commencement 2021 updates

Here’s the latest info about Commencement for grads and families:

In addition, we invite parents and families to tune in online for these year-end academic celebrations for grads:
  • May 13, 7 p.m.: Speech Pathology & Audiology Celebration
  • May 15, 11 a.m.: Nursing Commissioning
  • May 15, 3 p.m.: Education Commissioning
  • May 17, 7 p.m.: Social Work Commissioning
  • May 18, 7 p.m.: Honors Program Celebration 

Jobs and internships

Is your student looking for a summer internship or a job? The Career Center has industry-specific career coaches on staff to help! Students can schedule an appointment with their coach on Handshake. Coaches are available all summer long.

If your organization has openings and you’d like to attract talent from Calvin, create an employer account on Handshake. You’ll be able to post your jobs for free and review profiles of students who’ve made their profiles visible to employers.

Awards and appointments

Two Calvin students were named Goldwater Scholars, widely considered the most prestigious U.S. award for undergraduate students in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

French professor Jolene Vos-Camy was admitted to the French Order of Academic Palms by the Consul General of France in Chicago and was awarded the rank of chevalier, one of the most illustrious honors given by the French Republic.

This summer, Calvin will welcome Noah Toly as our new provost and Jim Ludema as our new dean for the School of Business. We look forward to their leadership.  

Spark magazine feature stories

The spring issue of Spark—our alumni magazine which we share with all Calvin families—features Calvin’s growing data science program, a proposed new donor-funded outdoor stadium, and a look at “the decision which changed everything.”

Read individual stories online or read the full issue via ISSUU. If you’d prefer to receive future issues via email, or if you’d like to stay on the mailing list after your student graduates, please email

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My Heart I Offer To You LORD, Promptly And Sincerely
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