Looking Ahead to 2021-2022 - A Message from President Minnis | Benedictine College

Looking Ahead to 2021-2022
A Message from President Minnis

Dear Raven Family,

Can you believe finals begin two weeks from today?! Before the semester ends, I wanted to take this time to thank you for all you have done for the college as well as answer questions that you have posed to me lately.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this trying year. Our mission of community, faith and scholarship was attacked by this pandemic and it took your strength, perseverance, and prayers to get us through this crisis. When things were tough, you did what Ravens do—ask Our Lady for her intercession and worked hard to get through the crisis. Ora et labora!

Our mission lives here at Benedictine College because of all of you. Now we are experiencing Benedictine College as it was meant to be, without masks, with our students embracing community, witnessing faith and working hard on scholarship. It is a wonderful spring here—made more special by our students whose smiling faces I can now see!

A special shout out to our faculty who for the past year have committed themselves to academic excellence in a very difficult environment. Whereas some college faculties across the country refused to teach in person, our faculty insisted to be with the students because that is the best way to educate them. Thank you!

In the last few weeks, I have been asked what the fall will look like at Benedictine and whether we will be mandating vaccines for everyone before the fall semester.

We are very excited about a normal start to the school year next fall. Please keep in mind, as you know, we are subject to certain government mandates which could disrupt these plans, but currently our plans for 2021-2022 include:

  • A regular schedule, with our traditional fall break and our semester ending in December
  • A normal slate of student activities, including athletics, arts, intramurals, and our beloved social traditions like Oktoberfest, Family Weekend and Homecoming
  • An in-person academic year (there will be very limited remote learning options)
  • And an atmosphere that allows us to truly focus on our mission, allowing community, faith and scholarship to flourish

At this point, we anticipate that there will be no mask mandate. Of course, we will follow all federal, state and local requirements. It is also possible that the NAIA might still have specific protocols for athletic events, and we will certainly abide by those.

Finally, we believe that vaccination is an individual’s decision on how best to serve the common good. The U.S. Bishops have indicated that these vaccines are a way to contribute to the common good, and so encourages the faithful to carefully consider getting vaccinated. However, we understand that there are many individual considerations that must be respected regarding this decision. We encourage you to consult with your health care professionals and spiritual guides, but we will not require vaccinations.

The entire key dates calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year is available online here. For your convenience, here are some of the dates that might be of interest to you:

Fall Semester 2021
Returning Fall Athletes Arrive – Aug. 10
Student Leaders Arrive – Aug. 13
New Fall Athletes and Honors Program Arrive – Aug. 14
Freshman Move-In Day – Aug. 21
Returning Students Arrive – Aug. 22
First Day of Class – Aug. 25
Family Weekend – Oct. 1 - 3
Fall Break – Oct. 14 – 17
Thanksgiving Break – Nov. 24 – 28
Last Day of Class – Dec. 7
Finals – Dec. 9 – 14

Spring Semester 2022
First Day of Class – Jan. 12
Spring Break – March 5 – 13
Easter Break – April 14 – 18
Last Day of Class – May 3
Finals – May 5 – 10
Commencement – May 14

Along with adherence to our mission, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff will remain at the forefront of every decision we make. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation moving forward and react accordingly. The entire Benedictine College community has been successful in defeating the pandemic through cooperative efforts and we look with hope to the future, staying stronger together.

Again, thank you for your continued support of Benedictine College and for the understanding you have afforded me and the college when key decisions had to be made throughout the year. I was often moved by the incredible students we have here at Benedictine and how they handled the crisis with joy and hope. It makes me proud to be a Raven.

Ravens will Rise!

Stephen D. Minnis
President, Benedictine College