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Gannon Welcomes Class of 2024 as Campus Reopens

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Gannon University will welcome more than 650 freshmen students beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, as we prepare to resume face-to-face instruction on Aug. 10.

Move-in day will be different from previous years as we build in social distancing, mandate masks, and check everyone for fevers on arrival. Students coming from states identified by Pennsylvania as “hot” will also undergo COVID-19 testing and will quarantine until results come back, which should be less than 24 hours.

Students arriving on campus have been required to complete a wellness survey daily for 14 days in advance of their anticipated arrival and will continue to do so prior to going to class each day thereafter. Guests coming for move-in have also been encouraged to complete the survey for 14 days prior to arriving.

Move-in represents the start of our Welcome Week, which is designed to acclimate students to the new year, finishing with Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 9. Even these activities have been designed differently, with students grouped into small pods for the duration to limit possible exposure.

Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., said the reopening of campus has come with hard work and careful planning to create a safe and healthy learning and living environment for our communities.

“We have heard loud and clear a consistent message over the last several months that the will and the desire of the community is to be back on campus, fully engaged in the Gannon experience that we have seen transform lives for decades,” Taylor said. “With this return comes a significant responsibility to ourselves, our peers, the faculty and staff and their families, and to the Erie community we are an integral part of. We have worked with great intention to design policies and to create procedures to keep us as healthy as possible and to keep those we care for around us healthy as well.”

Classes at the University’s Ruskin Fla. campus will also fully resume on Monday, Aug. 10.

For a full look at all Gannon University has done to accommodate its campuses and its policies to safely reopen, visit

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