Semester to proceed online

Joliet Junior College’s spring semester began much like that of Fall 2020: online. There are currently no plans to reopen campus for regular classes, but in-person lab classes are still being held on campus.

Operations for any other necessary events on campus will require masks, adherence to social distancing guidelines, and check-in at one of the various temperature stations set up at entrances A, U, G, and J.

“I would love nothing more than to reopen our facilities completely in August, but we will need to assess if the area we serve meets the criteria necessary to open safely, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health and State of Illinois,” President Judy Mitchell said.

Graduation commencement operations for the spring are still under development. Robert Morris, dean of enrollment management, has been working as part of JJC’s graduation committee to create the best ceremony possible in these uncertain times.

“Our initial plan is to produce another Virtual Graduation ceremony. In addition, we would like to have an in-person ceremony, possibly outdoors, and perhaps in a drive-through format,” Morris said.

There are hopes to bring in elements of a traditional ceremony since last year missed much of that, according to Morris.

“In the interest of safety, we will need to be creative,” Morris said.
Not much else is expected from the Spring 2021 semester; any changes will be announced on the JJC website.

There have been concerns about whether or not vaccination will be required of students, faculty and staff once in person returns. As of now, the college is not requiring a need to be vaccinated.

According to Mitchell one thing is expected to stay the same, regardless of the current state of college proceedings.

“Students can expect to receive support, unique learning opportunities, and compassion from their faculty and staff at JJC.”