Radford University announces Fall 2020 early opening, classes start August 12

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Radford University Carilion Commencement and Hooding Ceremony will begin two hours later on Friday due to a winter weather advisory.

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RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Radford University is starting classes earlier for Fall 2020 semester and implementing health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. shared the update with the campus community Monday.

Radford University will reopen on July 27 with students moving into residence halls and University-operated apartments between August 1-11. The first day of classes will be on August 12.

During the semester, students will be required to wear masks or face coverings while in class, conducting business on campus, and in shared campus common spaces.

Faculty have the option to stand behind a clear barrier at a podium or wear a face covering while teaching in classrooms.

The early opening schedule will allow all instruction to be completed on November 16 and final exams will take place from November 17-20. Winter Commencement will take place on November 21-22.

According to Hemphill, the purpose of this early opening approach will ensure students and employees do not travel over Thanksgiving Break and then return to campus for final exams followed by Winter Commencement.

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