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Coronavirus Past Announcements

Past updates may not reflect current or correct information.

Commencement 2021 & 2020

We will be holding an in-person commencement for the Class of 2021 on Friday, May 7, at 2 p.m. Tickets are required to attend. Masks are required inside all university buildings.

We will also have an in-person commencement for the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are not required. Masks are required inside all university buildings.

Both ceremonies will be streamed live.

Update — March 1

We will begin a phased approach to de-escalate the COVID-19 protocols on campus beginning March 2. Since the beginning of February, we have experienced a 90% drop in the positivity rate among the campus community. As of Monday, March 1, we have three positive student cases and one positive faculty/staff case. Our COVID-19 Task Force, in conjunction with recommendations from the Health and Safety subcommittee, carefully reviewed the data from both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing as well as studies of our campus inoculation rate.

Masking will continue to be required to enter all public buildings but will be voluntary once students are seated. Masks will also be required to enter academic buildings but at the professor’s discretion, masks may be removed once class begins.

In keeping with state guidelines for restaurants, masks will be required to enter The Den and dining common but may be removed while seated. Masks will also need to be worn in the various campus retail establishments such as the Bruins Shop, the University Cleaners and Bellis Copy Center at all times.

The COVID Task Force will continue to meet several times throughout the week and to monitor levels and advise any changes.

Update — January 11

We are excited to have students back on campus this week and are looking forward to a great semester together. We will start the spring semester with generally the same guidelines and policies in place as we had for the fall. Some additional safety measures will be implemented for the first month so that we can accurately assess the overall health of the campus.

Update — October 26

Our 2021 spring semester will begin as planned on January 12 and end with Commencement on May 7. The University will not have a spring break next semester but will include several non-instructional/off days in the calendar.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting has been updated to include a budget report.

Update — July 30

Regretfully, we have decided not to hold our 2020 Commencement in August. We believe that limiting the number of campus guests will help protect the campus community and help us have an on-campus, in-person fall. We would still love to celebrate with the class of 2020 at a future time.

Update — July 24

Update — July 2

Update — May 29

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Update — May 27

President Pettit shares changes to the fall semester including students arriving on campus on Aug. 14–15, classes starting on Aug. 18 and students not returning after Thanksgiving Break.

Update — May 8

BJU will open for in-person classes in late August. New students will arrive for residence hall move-in and orientation on Friday, August 21. Classes will begin Wednesday, Aug. 26. Our 2020 commencement will be held on Aug 29. Read more

Update — April 30

All entrances to campus are now open as well as outdoor athletic facilities, Bellis Copy Center and the Cleaners.

Update — April 14

BJU launches COVID-19 Emergency Grant campaign for students. This $5 million campaign will help provide COVID-19 emergency relief grants to incoming and returning students this fall. Read more and be a part.

Update — March 25

Our Commencement scheduled for May 8 is postponed. We would still like to have it in the future, but for now, we are holding off setting a specific date.

Update — March 23

From the President

Update — March 20

As of 7 p.m. March 20, access to campus will be through the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance only. Visitors are asked to check in at this main entrance. Additionally, access to all buildings for students, faculty and staff will be by electronic access through your BJU ID card.

Update — March 15

For BJU Employees

As we respond to Gov. McMasters’ directives this afternoon to close all South Carolina schools—including universities—through March 31, our primary priority is to keep our employees and those who live with them healthy. Faculty, staff and GAs should check their email for details on working, taking leave or working from home.

Starting tomorrow morning—Monday, March 16—CDC and day camp services will not be available through March 31.

We’re thankful we have had no diagnosed cases on campus. We encourage employees to follow all CDC guidelines and call the Employee Health Hotline for advice as necessary. Let’s be in much prayer for each other as we navigate through this situation.

Updates — March 12


  • Classes on campus ended Friday, March 13
  • No classes March 16–20
  • Spring Break is still March 23–27
  • Classes will resume through online delivery March 30


  • All on campus events cancelled until May 1
  • Living Gallery is cancelled (April 9-11)
  • Decisions regarding events in May, including graduation, will be made in the next few weeks.

Ticketholders will be contacted by the box office about refunds

Updates and clarifications will be added as available. More details available via email. Info on courses and student support is available on the Intranet.


We are urging the university community to take preventive actions to protect themselves and others.

  • No one should come on campus if they or someone in their household have symptoms (cough, fever, or difficulty breathing).
  • BJU employees should not come to work if they or someone in their household have symptoms, or if they or someone in their household are at high risk due to age or other health factors.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control