COVID-19 Update: 5/6/21

As the semester nears an end, we want to thank the entire Oglethorpe community for your commitment to the Petrel Pledge throughout this semester, especially over the last few weeks. There is currently one active case among residents on campus and there are no known active cases among commuters. View the COVID-19 dashboard for the latest information.

We ask everyone to be mindful of new variants and continue to follow public health guidelines and the policies in the COVID-19 Handbook, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 vaccine

Oglethorpe is working with its testing vendor to offer COVID-19 vaccines on campus for faculty, staff and students. Please be on the lookout for details on how to sign up in the coming days. Non-PACA faculty, staff and students will be able to participate through a drive-thru vaccination site on campus.

Anyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia. Additional information can be found on the Georgia Department of Public Health website. All PACAs are expected to continue following the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice.

Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for those who are 16 and 17 years old.


Move out is around the corner, and we want students to feel as comfortable as possible about heading home and limiting the risk of COVID-19 exposure for their families and communities. If you are a residential or commuter student interested in voluntary COVID-19 testing from May 10-May 18, please sign up here. You will receive more information closer to your testing date once you have signed up.

Additionally, everyone continues to share a commitment to the health and well-being of the entire the Oglethorpe community as we aim to finish the semester strong! 

  • PACAs must continue to check in daily on the LifeguardRx app to log any potential symptoms of COVID-19 until they move out or are no longer accessing campus for the semester.
  • PACAs are still required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing if notified by Please bring an ID and insurance card if possible.
  • PACAs must continue to abide by the policies in the COVID-19 Handbook, and violations may result in students being removed from campus for the remainder of the academic year.

Summer 2021

The COVID-19 Task Force is working on policies for residents and commuters taking classes on campus this summer. Please continue to check your OU email and the COVID-19 website for the updated COVID-19 Handbook for summer 2021. 

Commencement ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies for both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 are scheduled as follows:

  • Class of 2021 Commencement: Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 9 a.m.
  • Class of 2020 Commencement: Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 9 a.m.

The university’s COVID-19 protocols will be in effect for the ceremonies, including required face-coverings for all attendees—regardless of vaccination status. Seating will be arranged to allow for necessary social distancing.

Visit the commencement website for the latest details regarding commencement.

Approved film production on campus this month

A production crew has been approved to access campus beginning Monday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 12. The production has intensive COVID-19 policies and procedures that meet our policies. These films provide additional revenue opportunities for the university as campus operates in a limited capacity. 

Filming will take place on Tuesday, May 11.

Signage will be placed on campus to keep production staff separate from the campus community. Few disruptions are expected, as filming will take place at the Dorough Field House, Woodland Walk pathway and Hermance Stadium. As we continue to build these relationships, and privacy is important to both parties, please do not take pictures or post on social media about the filming occurring on campus. Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility.

Help limit the spread

The increase in cases experienced among the PACA community last month were primarily the result of COVID-19 conduct violations, and further failure to follow public health guidelines such as proper mask-wearing and social distancing. 

Violating any of the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook can result in conduct violations, and ultimately, removal from campus. Individuals can and should report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns anonymously at