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March 24 COVID-19 Update


Dear Moody Family,

As your Provost, first of all, I want to say to you as students of the Moody Bible Institute whether at our Chicago campus, online, our Michigan campus or our campus at Spokane, I love you and thank God for you. Several people have asked me over the past few months, “What does a Provost do?” My short answer is simply this, “Anything related to a student, whether enrolling them, nurturing them while they study as a Moody student, or instructing them to be on mission regardless of who signs their paycheck.” It is out of this sense of stewardship that I come with three very important announcements.

First, it gives me great sadness that I must inform you that in consultation with the Provost Cabinet, the President and the other leaders at Moody, we have decided to cancel this year’s Commencement ceremonies at all three of our campuses. I know for our graduating seniors, Moody Distance Learning students and our graduate/seminary students this announcement is a bitter pill to swallow. I am deeply sorry that we have come to this conclusion.

What are we going to do in light of this decision?

Number One: All 2020 graduates will be celebrated at a special virtual chapel on May 5th led by our President, Dr. Mark Jobe, and myself. Like this chapel today, there will not be an audience; however, we hope this ceremony will communicate some sense of celebration for your accomplishments while here at Moody. For those of you who would like your graduation robes and Alumni Bibles we will send those to you this May. Please let the Registrar know by April 15 if you would like these sent to you.

Number Two: All 2020 graduates will be invited back for next year’s graduation. For those who will be graduating here in Chicago, we will hold two Commencement exercises, one for the 2021 graduation class in the morning and another for the 2020 graduation class in the afternoon. We will be combining both Commencement ceremonies with our Moody Distance Learning and Chicago Seminary graduates.

The second major announcement is specifically related to our Chicago campus. The MBI leadership under the direction of our President will be issuing a credit for eight weeks of meal plans for those of you who lived in campus housing.  Once applied, we will send out on April 1 refunds for those with credit balances on their accounts. We will also provide credits for eight weeks of room against your Fall 2020 student bill. Graduating seniors will receive their room refund by June 30. Non-returning students will be handled on a case-by-case basis. These refunds will be sent out to each student affected after each individual student’s account is reconciled.  There will be no changes to your account for those who are staying on campus until the end of the spring semester.

Lastly, we have made a decision that summer school will begin on May 18, however classes will only be offered online. Our website will be updated to reflect this. 

For those of you who have signed up for our Study Abroad program this summer, this program has been canceled; we plan to offer the courses that were scheduled to be taught overseas through an online platform. Our website will reflect this change.

Finally, I know there might be questions concerning these announcements. On the Moody website you will find beginning at 11 a.m. Central Standard Time, the written copy of this announcement and this video. You will also find a FAQ and links that hopefully will address your other questions. If this does not address your questions, feel free to contact me at

Dr. Dwight Perry
Senior Vice President, Education and Provost


Moody Bible Institute
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