COVID-19 Information

Northwest Christian University is actively engaged in monitoring the coronavirus COVID-19 situation and is collaborating closely with local and state public health experts to provide prevention, response, travel information and resources to the NCU community. Coronavirus resources and information on this website will be updated regularly.

Latest Update – May 8, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Womack on Virtual Commencement, Bushnell, and Fall Semester 2020.

Dear NCU Community,

My prayer is that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy. To say it has been an interesting last seven weeks to our spring 2020 semester would be an understatement for all of us.

We do arrive at the end of the semester with a sense of accomplishment that is much different and perhaps, even deeper, than we have experienced before. You have met the challenges typically issued by rigorous course work amidst unusual circumstances. You have adjusted quickly; wearing masks, practicing social distancing and attending classes via Teams and Zoom. Thank you for accepting the challenge and embracing these health requirements with grace, patience and compassion for each other as well as for faculty, staff and the community.

There are two important updates that I want to share with all you.

Commencement was scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2020, in the Morse Center, but the stay home, stay safe order from our Governor changed that event and others like it as we, as a nation, continue to proceed through the pandemic with an abundance of caution for ourselves and each other.

It is important that our graduates be celebrated for their accomplishments with their family, friends, and academic community. As such, we will offer each graduate and their family two options to participate in a commencement exercise this year.

On June, 6th the University will hold commencement via YouTube Premieres at 10 AM. Graduates and their families will hear our commencement speakers, and acknowledge special awards. We will announce each graduate’s name and the University’s Board of Trustees will confer all degrees. We are committed to conduct a digital commencement as close to an in person event as we can make it.

Graduates are also invited to walk in the December 2020 commencement service in the Morse Center. Regardless of how a person graduates this spring, online or in December, all spring 2020 graduates will receive a diploma from Northwest Christian University.

There are more details to come from the Registrar’s Office about how to participate in Spring Commencement 2020. We look forward to the celebration.

The other important campus news is that the University is preparing to open for regular operations this fall. When students arrive on campus on August 20 (for orientations, August 24 for first day of classes), we will observe all health practices as prescribed by Oregon’s Governor’s Office and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to limit everyone’s potential exposure to COVID-19. We are preparing for your arrival in a myriad of ways and will work with the guidelines given to us by federal, state and local authorities.

First year and returning students will be receiving regular information about classes and move in dates to begin our first year as Bushnell University.

I am proud of our graduates and look forward to celebrating the achievement of your degree with you. Returning students, we have missed you and look forward to your return as we welcome our first year students on campus, in classes, attending chapel, and participating in student activities.

As we navigate these changing seasons, we will continue to seek with enthusiasm God’s wisdom, centered on our faith in Jesus Christ to pursue opportunities for service in a world so desperately in need.


Joseph D. Womack, Ed.D.

We continue to pass along the following guidelines:

If you are asymptomatic:

  • Practice Social Distancing & Healthy Habits:
  • Stay 3-6 feet away from people as much as possible.
  • Stay home or in your residence hall/apartment whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Discard tissue immediately into a closed bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

If you are or become symptomatic:

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people/animals in your home/residence hall/apartment.
  • Call your health care provider right away for guidance on how to proceed.
  • If you are an on-campus resident, please call or text your RA.
  • If you feel your life is in danger, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

Thank you for your patience and prayers as we move forward together through these rapidly changes times.

Updates to our Admissions Process

We are adjusting our admissions processes to offer greater flexibility to students and their families during this time.

COVID-19: Info for Admissions