Midwestern Seminary Cancels Graduation Ceremony, Offers Summer Classes Online

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) — In moves directly related to the safety of the Midwestern Seminary community amidst the coronavirus pandemic, President Jason Allen announced that the school’s May 1 public graduation ceremony will be canceled, and that all summer classes will be offered in a synchronous technology format.

Allen described himself as having “a heavy heart” in canceling the spring commencement exercises, which had been scheduled for May 1.

“We know how hard our students have worked to accomplish their goals of earning college, graduate, and post-graduate degrees in preparation for ministry,” he said, “but, again, we must yield to caution in defending against the effects of this deadly virus. This decision falls in line with our cancelling all other campus events for the semester.”

MBTS had already moved classes online for the remainder of the spring semester.

“First, and foremost, on our minds right now is the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and their families during this most unprecedented time in our nation’s history,” Allen said. “It is with prudence that we feel the need to extend offering our courses via synchronous technology through the summer term.”

As with many institutions of higher learning, Allen explained, Midwestern Seminary and Spurgeon College are continuing to prepare students for ministry via livestream and other online formats. He added, “Students can still continue to access learning from our incredible faculty even in these most difficult times.

“While we’re currently not able to offer students our typical on-campus, in-class experience, I want to assure anyone desiring to pursue their theological education that Midwestern Seminary and Spurgeon College are both fully operational offering our full slate of summer classes.”

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Source: Baptist Press