COVID-19 Update: 5/13/21

Good luck to all of the Petrels taking final exams as the semester comes to a close, and congratulations to those graduating soon!

While there are no confirmed active COVID-19 cases among the PACA community, wastewater testing did detect the presence of COVID-19 in a residence hall on campus. Students in the corresponding residence hall have been quarantined, pending the results of their COVID-19 tests. So far, all tests conducted have been negative. View the COVID-19 dashboard for the latest updates.

We continue to ask everyone to be mindful of new variants and keep following the policies in the COVID-19 Handbook, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 vaccine

Oglethorpe announced this week that our current COVID-19 testing vendor will be on campus to offer the Moderna vaccine to faculty, staff and students (both PACAs and non-PACAs). Vaccinations took place today, and will take place again FridayMay 14 from noon-2 p.m. (please note the time has now been updated) at a drive-thru site in the parking lot next to the turf field. View this week’s announcement for details and how to participate. 

The Pfizer vaccine, which has now been approved for ages 12-15, will also be offered at the Brookhaven MARTA Station beginning Saturday, May 15. More information on this vaccine offering can be found at Additionally, no identification or insurance are needed at this site.


As move-out approaches, 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 PACA interested in voluntary COVID-19 testing, the last on-campus testing date of the semester is scheduled for Monday, May 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please sign up here.

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.

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.

A rehearsal video and additional updates have recently been added to the commencement website.

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.

Help limit the spread

COVID-19 conduct violations, and further failure to follow public health guidelines such as proper mask-wearing and social distancing have contributed to increases in cases throughout the semester. Please remember that 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