COVID-19 Update - Testing, Commencement, Spring

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COVID-19 Update - Testing, Commencement, Spring

Published: October 8, 2020.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to the COVID Hotline among our students, faculty and staff remains low. We attribute that to the way our community has embraced living The Flyers Promise. Wearing face coverings, physical distancing, hand washing, and other preventative actions are helping to lessen the impact of the virus on our community. Thank you, and please remain vigilant.

Free COVID-19 Testing Available Saturday, October 10 on the Romeoville Campus

On Saturday, October 10, the Illinois Department of Public Health is providing free COVID-19 tests from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Lot GG of our Romeoville Campus.

  • No appointment necessary
  • No medical insurance necessary
  • No referral needed
  • No symptoms required
  • Testing is available for all ages

Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results to the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline

Students, faculty or staff, who test positive for COVID-19 or have been informed by their healthcare provider they are suspected to have COVID-19, should contact the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline at 815-588-7000 or as soon as possible.

October 15 is Deadline for Residents to Request Housing After Thanksgiving Break

Resident students who plan to remain in the residence halls beyond Thanksgiving Break must submit a Housing Exemption Form by Thursday, October 15. Resident students who want to stay for the three weeks beyond Thanksgiving Break will receive additional room and board charges on their student account. Dining services, student activities, academic and personal support services will continue to be available on campus through the end of final exam week.

May and December Commencement Ceremonies Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Illinois concerning the size of in-person gatherings, Lewis University’s Commencement exercises this December will be virtual. These virtual ceremonies will be available on the Lewis University website beginning December 19 and December 20.

Saturday, December 19 - Virtual May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies (postponed this past Spring)

  • 10:30 a.m. - Undergraduate Degree Ceremony
  • 1:30 p.m.  - Graduate Degree Ceremony

Sunday, December 20 - Virtual August and December 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

  • 10:30 a.m. - Undergraduate Degree Ceremony
  • 1:30 p.m. - Graduate Degree Ceremony

A special virtual Baccalaureate Mass to celebrate all our 2020 graduates will be online at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 20. All graduates, family members, and friends are welcome to celebrate regardless of faith tradition and to pray for our 2020 graduates. 

The Office of the Registrar will communicate additional information about these virtual celebrations to graduates later this month.

2021 Spring Semester Plan

As President David Livingston announced last week, our plans for the Spring Semester have been made with the continued goal to achieve high-quality learning and maintain the health and safety of our community. 

2021 Spring Academic Calendar includes:

Spring 2021 Semester Begins Tuesday, January 19 

Spring Break is March 11-13

Easter Holiday Recess is April 1-5      

Final Exams are May 3-8          

Your efforts in keeping our community safe, healthy, and learning are appreciated. Visit for more information on our university’s prevention and response to COVID-19.

Dr. Christopher Sindt

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