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Saints come together as a community to mark the one-year anniversary of the pandemic

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One-year after transitioning to full distance learning and working from home, Aquinas College students, faculty and staff are in the classroom, grabbing lunch in the cafeteria and heading to practice.

Although the College welcomed students back to in-person classes at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year, there have been many challenges to overcome in order to provide an on-campus experience that is as safe as possible.

“We have worked as hard as we can to make sure that people are as safe as possible, and so that we deliver on the mission of the institution,” said President Kevin G. Quinn. “The contributions of our community — especially to our students being able to continue their learning experience — has been remarkable.”

Today, exactly one year after the College pivoted its operations in myriad ways, the campus community will have the opportunity to reflect on the collective experience while looking forward to a hopeful future.

The College will play the Chimes of the Dominicans at 3 p.m. to provide a moment to pause, pray and contemplate what has passed and what is ahead. A photo retrospective provides a look back at how the campus has adapted to continue providing a unique educational experience on the institution’s wooded campus.

AQ Messages of Hope provides an opportunity for the campus community to share gratitude and encouragement for others by posting prayers or messages that will be shared with students, faculty and staff.

Additionally, during the week of March 15-19, Aquinas College will be hosting student activities to show appreciation for students and to encourage them to keep moving forward as they enter the second half of the spring semester.


  • March 15-19, times vary - Sticker giveaways sponsored by the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
  • March 16 from 7-10 p.m. at Cook Carriage House - AQPB on Vacay event
  • March 17 from 1-3 p.m. - Residence Life “Let it Go” event with a hot cocoa bar
  • March 17 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.outside Wege - Sunglasses giveaway with President Quinn
  • March 17 - Waffle Wednesday sponsored by AQ Advantage Center
  • March 18 - Stress ball giveaway sponsored by Counseling, Health and Wellness Services

Employees can check Acorn for more information about how the College is marking the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can check Engage AQ to learn more and to see information about this week’s student activities.