June 4, 2020
TBC Graduation Ceremony
TBC is excited to announce that we have tentatively scheduled on-campus graduation ceremonies for Saturday, August 8, 2020! We know you have worked hard and we are happy to be able to publicly recognize your achievements.
You will pick up your regalia in the auditorium choir room 8:30-10:15 Rehearsal for graduation will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the church auditorium. You will have time for lunch and then return at 1:30 to get in place for the 2:30 ceremony. Your family may enter the auditorium after 1:30.
So that we can properly prepare please complete this form. It is important that each graduate complete the form whether or not you plan to return to campus to march.
We do not currently know what, if any, restrictions will still be in place on this date so we will continue to monitor them and let you know. We will follow any social distancing guidelines in place and will notify you of those guidelines as well as post them in the auditorium. If you or your guests are exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or if you’ve been exposed within 14 days of graduation, we request that you not attend the ceremony. We do not currently anticipate limiting the number of guests, but we will continue to monitor and will notify you if we must limit your guests.
May 5, 2020
Dear Graduates and Presumptive Graduates,
This is just a short note… First, congratulations on successfully completing the required work to receive your degree. Second, to tell you that we are still waiting for clear guidelines (and hopefully significant breakthroughs in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic) that will allow us to know all our graduation options. I can tell you that we will have a ceremony one way or another, and my goal is to make it special so that you will be able to say, “it was worth the wait.”
As you can imagine, the pandemic requires us to cover many new issues including things such revised speaker schedules, having the right equipment and materials available on site, etc. I have looked at (and will continue to look at) several current alternatives. I also welcome any thoughts you might like to share with me regarding your own preferences or creative ideas. In the meantime, I promise to contact you as quickly as all our viable options have been identified and settle on the best way to get the graduation ceremony back on your calendar.
One final detail… Some of you are needing documentation for job interviews. You will be receiving your diploma by mail and the official website will show you as a graduate on your official transcript. I hope this information helps clarify what we are doing.
Mac D. Heavener, Jr.
March 24, 2020
Trinity Baptist College Family,
We have been encouraged and amazed to see our Trinity family spring into action to make online learning possible, and not just possible, but with the commitment to maintain highest quality education possible. This kind of quick and thoughtful reaction reflects the type of learning environment Trinity strives to achieve every day in the classroom and which will certainly continue in your home. Some of the most valuable part of your education will be learning how to respond to change and to deal with adversity. This can be a defining moment for you as you overcome the challenges and finish the semester strong.
We also know that these last few days have brought uncertainty. Some of you might be facing changes that you just weren’t prepared for. We want you to know that you are a part of the Trinity family and we want to minister to you and meet your needs in any way we can.
We are all in these unprecedented and uncharted times together. The speed of which things have changed and the uncertainty that we all face personally and as a community can be frightful. We are reminded that “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind.”
Please know that we are facing the same uncertainty with a deep commitment to care for our community, our students and their families, along with our administrators, faculty, and support staff. Here is what we would suggest as a course of action for each of us.
• Stay Enrolled and finish the semester with us – this is the least disruption to you and we want to help maximize your learning by keeping things as familiar as possible. You will never have a better opportunity to finish a semester with all your grades intact. We do not believe that anyone should feel the need to withdraw for any reason and we would like to work with you to help you stay in college at Trinity.
• Do your best to stay current on your college bill – If you have not had disruption to your income, then it would help us if you stayed current. If you have had disruption, we simply ask that you do the best that you can. While you will still receive your FACTS notifications, just notify the business office at (email@example.com) or call (904-596-2451) regarding your specific situation if you have had income disruption. The better we understand your circumstances, the more effective we can be in assisting you and praying for your family. We have instructed FACTS to waive all late fees as of March 15th and will continue with that policy until the crisis is over. Remember, we have teachers and staff that must be paid as well.
• Plan on re-enrolling for next year – While we may be disrupted for several weeks, we also know that this will pass and we need to be forward in our thinking. Summer online enrollment is available now on Populi.com. Fall registration schedules will be available in a few weeks. Advisors will be reaching out to you but please feel free to contact your advisor with questions about summer and/or fall classes.
• We know Seniors are wondering about graduation. We understand the disappointment you have. While we have had to post-pone it for now, we will be looking at options to give you an opportunity to return to campus to receive your diploma. We’ll keep you informed. Your degree will be noted officially on your transcript as soon as you complete your courses. You can request a transcript for use with job applications showing your degree has been officially conferred.
• Join together with us to ask for God’s protection and a quick resolution to this health crisis – As a Christian college, committed to a Christian world-view, we think that this is a teaching moment for all of us. We should be humble, repentant, and bold to come before God and ask for His help. We believe that the sin, sickness, and suffering in this world can only be dealt with through the redemptive work of Jesus. We are invited to draw near and to come boldly to ask for help in time of need. The Bible, along with history, teaches us that God does remarkable and supernatural work to ward off evil and defeat the devil.
• Be a good neighbor to those around you – if we are going to take Jesus’ commands seriously, then we should be thinking not just of ourselves, but also about others. If you will have a view that you can impact and help those around you by your compassion and generosity, then we will truly see great things in this time of trial.
We wish we knew the end date to this, but we are just going to walk this journey together. There is one thing I can promise; Trinity Baptist College will bounce back better than ever. We can’t wait to welcome your students back onto our campus I’m looking to the future at TBC and I know it is bright, especially with you as a part of it.
To summarize, we are asking everyone to do the best that they can, and you can be assured that is what we are going to be doing. We are going to get through this together and if we all do the best that we can, we will get through it better personally, and as a school family.
If you are not connected to a church home, we would invite you to connect with Trinity at tbc.org and we encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
Trinity Baptist Church
Trinity Baptist College
March 18, 2020
As you may be aware, Florida Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education have issued guidance that all colleges and universities in Florida move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. We will comply with their directive. Faculty are already busy preparing your courses for online delivery starting Monday, March 23.
Unfortunately, this will also mean the cancellation of graduation activities including the commencement ceremony. We know this is a disappointment to the graduating class and we will continue to evaluate the situation and look for alternatives.
Students living in the residence halls will receive information directly from Student Life regarding arrangements to remove items. Please do not come to campus until you receive instruction. The campus is closed to all except essential personnel.
Faculty, administration and staff will continue to be available via email and phone to assist you. We will continue with activities such as summer and fall registration, admissions, etc. Advisors will be in contact with you regarding upcoming class schedules.
You should receive emails from each instructor in each course by this weekend giving you direction for starting online delivery Monday. If you do not hear from your instructor, please email me directly.
Information regarding your financial account will be sent separately as we are working through those details.
I’m sure you will have questions going forward. Please feel free to email me, Dr. Stanley (email@example.com), President Mac Heavener (firstname.lastname@example.org), Student Life (email@example.com), Academic Office (firstname.lastname@example.org), Financial Aid (email@example.com) or the athletic office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Know that we are here to help you be successful and will work to assist you in any way possible. It will be critical that you check your email daily as we will communicate class and college information as necessary via that channel.