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Parents & Family Newsletter
April 13, 2021


April 14: Break day
April 14: Academic Advising; fall course registration opens 
April 16: Calvin’s Got Talent 
May 1: Engineering Senior Design presentations 
May 1: Dance Guild Flash Mob 
May 4: Film & Media Showcase 
May 7–13: Exams
May 7–14: Residence hall move-out (extended/summer housing available)
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 12, 2021: Homecoming & Family Weekend 
October 2, 2021: Calvin Classic 5k 

Calvin events calendar »

COVID Response: vaccines available on campus

Students are now able to register for Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at Calvin! In addition, the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place has openings this week for Pfizer vaccines. Given today’s CDC recommendation, Calvin is pausing on Johnson & Johnson distribution. The State of Michigan is encouraging all college students to be vaccinated before going home; students can also start a vaccine series here and complete it at their local health department. (Moderna requires at least 28 days between doses; Pfizer requires 21 days.) Fully vaccinated students do not need to do a 14-day quarantine if they are a close contact of a confirmed positive case.

We have 23 days to the end of spring semester—and our positive cases are climbing. COVID cases in Kent County and Michigan are soaring. We know students are fighting pandemic fatigue, and yet we’re asking them to (1) persevere with wearing masks and social distancing, (2) get vaccinated as soon as possible, and (3) report even mild symptoms promptly so we can end this semester well with no further restrictions. Remind your student how proud you are of them, and encourage them to finish strong!

Read the full April 12 update »

Music and theatre spring performances

Support our music ensembles by watching live on Vimeo; Women’s Chorale (April 24), Orchestra (April 24), Campus Choir (April 25), Capella (April 30), Wind Ensemble (May 1), Symphonic Band (May 6). 

Calvin Theatre Company is performing a steampunk version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 22–24, 29, and May 1. Family and community members are invited to three performances; limited tickets are available via the box office. A video of the recorded performance will also be available for purchase around May 1. 

Commencement planning, gifts for grads

The Commencement website has been updated with new FAQs and class-specific pages, and this site will continue to be updated as plans are confirmed. Encourage your Class of 2021 grads to watch their emails for degree verification (sent March 31), cap/gown orders or photo submission instructions (April 14), and ticket ordering open (by April 28). 

Families can also download templates for yard signs and invitations now, or shop for Commencement-branded items (available Friday). 

Professor shout-out

Which of your student’s professors has inspired, challenged, or encouraged your student this year? Send an email to Provost Cheryl Brandsen at to make sure these teachers and mentors are recognized for making a difference in students' lives. 

Behind the scenes: From chaplains and campus safety officers to librarians and fund-raisers, staff across campus have stepped outside their traditional roles to support Calvin’s COVID testing efforts. This article also highlights the faculty involved in Calvin’s contract tracing efforts. 

Prince Center family discount

Staying at Calvin for Commencement or residence hall move-out? The Prince Conference Center is open for lodging and families can receive a discounted rate by using promo code PRNT when booking at  

40+ summer courses available

Students have a wide variety of summer course options available to fulfill course requirements, earn credits to graduate early, or improve a GPA. Most classes meet online, while some are offered on campus. Summer courses are offered at a reduced rate. Explore options »

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