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Campus Life & Events

We can’t wait to welcome our students back to Hope! While campus life will look and feel different this year, we look forward to providing a unique, rich and transformational student life experience.  

Upcoming and Current Events


Staggered move-in will take place the week of August 10 (more details to come), and the first Orientation kick-off event will take place the evening of August 14.


Our team made a valiant attempt to plan a commencement ceremony in August, but in the end we determined it was not going to be the proper celebration our students have earned and deserve. For this reason, we have decided to further postpone in-person commencement for the Class of 2020 to May 2021. For the full message from President Scogin to recent graduates and their families, please visit the Commencement website.

Summer Research


The associate provost for academic affairs has released guidelines regarding on-campus, student-faculty collaborative research in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camps & Summer Conferences


In this time of COVID-19, Hope College is closely monitoring the situation and actively working with our camps and conferences.

Event Planning Resources

Current information and guidelines for events
  • Maximum gathering sizes, per the State of Michigan: Indoors (10) and outdoors (100)
  • Required physical distancing:  6 feet of space must be maintained at all times
  • Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times indoors or when outdoors and you cannot continually maintain 6’ of spacing from others
  • Discourage handshakes, hugs, and other physical contacts
Thinking of hosting an event?

Use this event planning document to start planning!

COVID-19 Event Planning Document

Make an event reservation

The Events and Conference Office will review your reservation and help you prepare for a safe and healthy event.

Reserve a virtual event in EMS
We know that many events will take place virtually this year, so we have added an “online building” with a “virtual” room to the list of reservable spaces on campus. When making your virtual reservation, you will be able to request that your event appears on the campus calendar and also request assistance with video streaming/recording platforms as well as other technical resources.


How many guests will be in attendance?
If the gathering guidelines allow for it and your event has more than 10 people in attendance, please make your reservation 72 hours in advance so we can ensure you have all of the necessary resources to make it safe and healthy for your guests.

Are you having food at your event or meeting?

Visit the Creative Dining Services catering website to place your order.

Guidelines to ensure the health and safety of everyone

  • Food preparation and service:
    1. Have all food and drinks individually packaged (boxed meals, individual cans or bottles, pre-wrapped utensils, etc.)
    2. If food is not individually packaged and will be served, it must be prepared in an industrial kitchen and served by designated serving professionals taking the necessary precautions for group service.
    3. Guests may bring their own “grab and go” meals from one of the campus dining facilities.
    4. It is recommended that groups stay on campus for meals to reduce the risk associated with eating in restaurants
  • Ask guests to use hand sanitizer or wash hands before and after eating
  • Ask guests to dispose of their own garbage