March 23 Update – New Deadlines

In an effort to increase academic success and degree completion, GHC will be extending a number of deadlines at this time. We believe this will help students focus on the transition to remote delivery set for March 30.

The last day to withdraw from classes without academic penalty is outlined here:

 

 

PART OF TERM

LAST DAY TO

WITHDRAW

FULL SESSION

MARCH 30, 2020

2nd  PART OF TERM

APRIL 29, 2020

4th PART OF TERM

APRIL 13, 2020

5th   PART OF TERM

APRIL 20, 2020

 

Additionally, the new summer term payment deadline will now be May 19.

We understand you may still have many questions. Please visit GHC’s dedicated page for Frequently Asked Questions here for information as it relates specifically to GHC.

If you don’t find the answer to your question, please speak to your instructor about anything related to your classes or academics, and for other questions, please feel free to use GHC411.

You may also find resources for GHC students and employees by visiting this Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources site.

GHC’s information and resource page and FAQs page will be reviewed and updated frequently.

Again, we want to thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. Georgia Highlands College is working to keep you informed while we continue to diligently address challenges surrounding COVID-19 together.


March 23 Update – Commencement Questions

Graduation is an important time of year, and we are always very excited to celebrate your academic success.

As you know, GHC will be postponing the graduation ceremony set for May 16 and nursing pinning set for May 15, but that doesn’t mean we are not going to commemorate your special moment.

At this time, we are working to have a commencement ceremony and nursing pinning ceremony later this summer. We will be rescheduling these events for a later date when we are confident of the safety and well-being for our graduates and their guests. We will begin posting additional details as they become available.

The decision to postpone commencement ceremonies is due to the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance to avoid gatherings as well as for the need for increased social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19 at this time. You may read more about this decision on the University System of Georgia website.

For now, here are a few answers to some of your immediate questions:

  • Does this mean I can’t graduate?

Students will still graduate consistent with academic standards, but the actual ceremonies will not be held as originally scheduled. New ceremony dates will be announced as soon as possible.

  • What if I already ordered regalia for graduation?

Great news! Graduation is still going to happen! If you have already ordered your regalia, that order will be held for you. We will open registration for additional orders at a later date.

  • How do I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed directly to you. Please make sure your current address is consistent with our records by reviewing your information. Students can update their contact information on Banner through SCORE, if needed.

  • How do I get a diploma cover?

As usual, diploma covers are provided to students who attend graduation. You will receive our special 50th anniversary commemorative diploma cover at your commencement.

Please also visit GHC’s dedicated page for Frequently Asked Questions here for information as it relates specifically to GHC or you may also find resources for GHC students and employees by visiting this Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources site. These pages will be reviewed and updated frequently.

Again, I want to thank you for your continued support and patience. We will continue to keep you informed as we address these challenging times together.


Updated Campus Messages

Important updates and messages to the GHC Community as we work to keep you informed and we continue to diligently address challenges surrounding COVID-19 together


March 20 Update – Commencement Postponed

Per the guidance of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Highlands College will postpone the graduation ceremony set for May 16 and nursing pinning set for May 15. Students will still graduate consistent with academic standards, but the actual ceremonies will not be held as originally scheduled.

The USG and GHC continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to avoid gatherings.

We will be rescheduling the 2020 graduation ceremonies, including the nursing pinning, for a later date when we are confident of the safety and well-being for our graduates and their guests. We will begin posting additional details as they become available.

Please read more about this decision on the University System of Georgia website.

Additionally, as a reminder, GHC will be implementing a new directive from the USG to complete the Spring 2020 semester through remote learning programs. No classes will be held in person on any of GHC’s locations for the remainder of the semester.

Please note that all remote learning for GHC students will begin on Monday, March 30 and continue for the remainder of the semester.

GHC will remain open but will operate with minimal staffing on campus to ensure the continuity of critical services. All other services are available in a remote setting.

As we work to keep you informed and we continue to diligently address challenges surrounding COVID-19 together, please continue to speak with your instructors or immediate supervisor about any questions you may have.

You may also visit GHC’s dedicated page for Frequently Asked Questions here for information as it relates specifically to GHC or you may also find resources for GHC students and employees by visiting this Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources site. These pages will be reviewed and updated frequently.

As always, your health and safety are our highest priority, and your success here at GHC remains our biggest mission. We will continue to work together to achieve completion, graduation, and academic success goals.


March 17 Update – Remote Delivery Set for March 30

We want to thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. Georgia Highlands College is working to keep you informed while we continue to diligently address challenges surrounding COVID-19 together.

Your health and safety are always our highest priority, and your success here at GHC remains our biggest mission. Just like every semester, we will work together to achieve completion, graduation, and academic success goals.

Per the USG instructions, classes are suspended effective Monday (March 16) for two weeks. Students should not return to campus until they receive permission from their institution. Students should wait for GHC to contact them about returning to the campus via their student emailD2LNavigate, or the GHC Notify system.

Additionally, institutions will continue to have minimal staff physically on-site to ensure continuity of certain services.

At this time, GHC is planning and intends to convert all classes to remote delivery on March 30. We know these are unusual and ever evolving circumstances for all and we appreciate your patience as we work through this together.

Due to the unscheduled suspension of instruction for two weeks, and in an effort to keep everyone on track this semester as well as for each student’s success, GHC will be moving its currently scheduled Spring Break from April 6-12 to March 23-29, as well. Because of this change, GHC will seek to accommodate scheduling conflicts that any students and employees may encounter. You may learn more about Spring Break information and the change by visiting GHC’s site here.

We understand you may still have many questions. Please visit GHC’s dedicated page for Frequently Asked Questions here for information as it relates specifically to GHC.

If you don’t find the answer to your question, please speak to your instructor about anything related to your classes or academics, and for other questions, please feel free to use GHC411.

You may also find resources for GHC students and employees by visiting this Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources site.

GHC’s information and resource page and FAQs page will be reviewed and updated frequently.

Please also note that no students will be penalized for missing a currently published deadline as we work to address any questions or concerns. Updated deadlines will be provided accordingly. Deadlines regarding coursework should be discussed with instructors.

In the end, we want to ensure that our faculty, staff and students are safe; that we do our part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia; and that we fulfill our mission to graduate our students even in the face of these challenging times.



March 13 Update – Events Postponed

As you heard on Thursday (March 12), Georgia Highlands College will temporarily suspend classes, including online classes, for all students effective Monday (March 16) for two weeks.

Please note, if you are a student of eCore or eMajor, your classes will resume as scheduled.

The reason for the temporary suspension of classes is to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia.

All on-campus student-sponsored events, meetings, and activities will be postponed until further notice.

We understand you may have a lot of questions.

Your instructors will begin to reach out to you with specifics, and we will update you with more information no later than Tuesday afternoon (March 17). Please continue to check your GHC student email and highlands.edu for updates as they become available.

As always, the health of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority, as well as each student’s academic success and future. We will continue to work with the University System of Georgia leaders in collaboration with state officials and Georgia Department of Public Health to act on the most up-to-date guidance available.


March 12 Update – Classes Temporarily Suspended

Following Governor Kemp’s press conference on March 12, Georgia Highlands College will continue to work with the University System of Georgia to provide updates as they become available. At this time, starting Monday (March 16), all University System of Georgia institutions, including Georgia Highlands College, will temporarily suspend classes for students for two weeks as the institutions continue to work on their business continuity plans. Please check highlands.edu for updates and additional details as they become available.


GHC student chosen as Board of Regents Academic Day representative

Georgia Highlands College student Haydn Turner has a perfect 4.0 GPA, and recently, she was chosen to represent GHC at the Board of Regents Academic Day in Atlanta.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) honored 26 students total who best represent the system’s highest scholastic ideals during Academic Recognition Day this month.

Each of the system’s institutions selected a student with a 4.0 GPA who also reflects the system’s best qualities: “They aim to strive for excellence and have the ability to share knowledge in various areas of expertise.”

Academic Recognition Day began 32 years ago as a celebration of Georgia students’ academic achievement. The honorees receive a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives along with a letter of commendation from USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley.

In his letter of commendation, Chancellor Wrigley congratulated the honorees but also focused on the magnitude of the students’ efforts: “Education has an intrinsic worth, but your accomplishment is about more than just that,” he said. “You have seized the opportunity to build upon an incredibly valuable time in your life and lay a foundation for success far beyond your chosen field of study.”

Haydn attends GHC’s Cartersville site and lives in Aragon.


GHC screening civil rights movement documentary for Black History Month

Georgia Highlands College will be screening a hour-long civil rights movement documentary at the Cartersville site for Black History Month this Sunday (Feb. 23) from 3:30PM to 5:30PM in the Student Center Ballroom.

The event is free and open to the public.

The documentary is called “Summer Hill: A Story of Community.”

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) notes the documentary “is a compelling look at the influence of one small, tightly knit community–its school, churches and civic leaders–on its residents.”

GPB went on to say the town of Summer Hill, which inspires the documentary, “produced many professionals, including Georgia’s first black Supreme Court justice, a famous Motown songwriter, teachers, ministers, doctors and lawyers… [and in] compelling interviews, the people of Summer Hill tell the empowering story of their community and reveal its lasting legacy of hope.”

The GHC Black History Month event, called “An Afternoon on Summer Hill: A Conversation about Community, Education, and Excellence,” will also include an interview with Summer Hill High School alumni Calvin Cooley and Bibby Morgan.

For more information about attending the event, you may send questions to GHC Assistant Professor Sean Callahan at scallaha@highlands.edu