Dear Paine College Family,

Undoubtedly, we are witnessing unprecedented times with the entire globe impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Paine College's initial plan was to reopen the campus for face-to-face instruction for Fall 2020.  If you have been keeping up with the news, you will have seen the number of COVID cases rising in more than 40 states including Georgia. It has become clear that there is a safety risk associated with COVID-19 and reopening the Fall semester in a face-to-face environment. 

In planning for the fall semester, the health and safety needs of our students, faculty, staff, and Paine College family remain our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to continue instruction by remote delivery.

First day of classes will begin in a virtual environment starting August 3, 2020.  We will continue teaching and learning remotely through the end of finals on November 24, 2020.  Be assured, our online curriculum will be rigorous and engaging.  Faculty and staff will maintain office hours and work to support student success.  

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed some of the ways the College operates, the mission remains the same, and that is to provide our students with access to a high-quality and transformational educational experience.  

To ensure student success, new and transfer students will receive technology training on the College's virtual delivery platform Blackboard Collaborate. Training will be offered during Virtual New Student Orientation scheduled July 31 to August 2, 2020. Returning students will also have access to additional training, if needed.

Please continue to check the College's website for general information. Please keep these key and important dates on your calendar.

Below are key dates for the upcoming academic year:

July 31-August 2 - New Student Orientation (Virtual)
August 3 - Classes begin with remote delivery of instruction

November 19-24 - Final Exams (Potential for some Saturday exams)
January 11- Classes begin for Spring Semester 2020

As we move forward, let us continue to work together in remaining strong and staying positive as we navigate through these ever-changing and challenging times. 


Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, President

Paine College, Augusta, Georgia




Virtual New Student Orientation
Fall 2020 Schedule


"Starting Strong…Achieving Excellence: I AM PAINE COLLEGE!"

July 31 – August 2, 2020

Location: Ellis & Ann Johnson Performing Arts Studio

[Schedule is Subject to Change]


Ms. Jenease L. Horstead       Mr. Joseph Dingle, Jr.

Director, Counseling & Wellness Center   Assistant Dean of Student Affairs - 706.821.8390 – 706.821.8282





10:00am – 11:00am                     Welcome/Introduction

Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, President

Dr. Curtis Martin, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

Mr. Joseph Dingle, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Pride Leaders


11:00am – 12:00pm             Campus Tour/Historical Highlights

Tour video from website along with historical highlights from video produced by Dr. Mallory Millender, Historian


Break – 12:00pm – 2:00pm


2:00pm – 3:00pm         Operation Graduate

Facilitator: Dr. Marci Middleton, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs 


3:00pm – 4:00pm   Blackboard

Facilitator: Mr. Kornelius Taylor, Information Technology




10:00am – 11:00am                               Keeping it Real

Pride Leaders


11:00am – 12:00pm                                Transitioning To College 

Facilitator: Counseling & Wellness Center


Break – 12:00pm – 2:00pm


2:00pm – 3:00pm         Financial Literacy

Facilitators: Ms. Amy Singh, Wells Fargo 

Mrs. Alana Moss, Default Manager, Financial Aid 


3:00pm – 4:00pm                              Career Services/I-Start Strong Demo

Facilitator: Mrs. April Ewing, Director, Career Services 


4:00pm – 5:00pm         Meet Your Department Chair Department Chairs introduce themselves, talk about advising, explain majors offered within the department and what other opportunities exist within the department (grant opportunities, clubs/organizations, etc.). Q&A session with new students will follow.





9:30am – 10:45am      Orientation Worship Service

Facilitator: Reverend Dr. Luther B. Felder, Campus Pastor

Live with new students and their families


11:00am – 12:00pm                Want To Get Involved?

Facilitators: Student Leaders/Recent Graduates

Student leaders will discuss the advantages of getting involved, the importance of maintaining high standards for academic achievement, and how student leadership is important to campus life. 


Break – 12:00pm – 2:00pm


2:00pm – 3:00pm                         Greek Forum

Facilitator: Mr. Joseph Dingle, Assistant Dean/Greek Life Advisor & Representatives from Greek Organizations

Presentation with Q&A session


3:00pm – 4:00pm                   Pinning/ New Student Induction Ceremony 

This Rites of Passage ceremony officially welcomes the Class of 2024 to the Paine College Family. We would love you and your family to join us live for this special occasion. 


4:00pm – 5:00pm                  Wrap Up/Q&A Session

Facilitators: Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, Administrative Council Members, Student Affairs, & Pride Leaders 



MONDAY, AUGUST 3RD                                    CLASSES BEGIN


Remember to stay safe and continue to practice social distancing. Safety First!
Welcome to Lion Nation!

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