Fall 2020 Opening

Beacon Fogg Academic Mall

Beacon College is dedicating its energies and resources to the safe resumption of on-campus teaching, learning, and campus life. Our concern for the health and welfare of our students, staffers, and visitors undergirds this effort to return students to the campus they love. Of course, the best of planning may be altered at the direction of public authorities.

The College is deeply engaged in preparing for a summer session and fall semester that aligns our “high-touch” educational experience with the safety precautions and protocols we’re instituting to safeguard our campus community. While no institution of higher learning can eliminate all risks, we are dedicated to introducing every reasonable mitigation strategy available to protect our students, employees, and those beyond our campus.

For students coming to campus for Fall 2020, please review Back to Campus Frequently Asked Questions for your reference.

Beacon’s fulsome COVID-19 policy can be viewed here. The College will update policies as new data-driven information becomes available from national and state health agencies, as well as the evolving network of organizations devoted to safeguarding higher-education communities. Thus, we invite you to visit this site regularly to stay current in your preparations for returning to campus.

As previously announced, Beacon College intends to implement the following summer session and fall semester calendar:

  • Summer session begins Monday, July 27 and closes Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 (students who plan to live on campus for the summer session and beyond can move into their residences on Sunday, July 26);
  • Our Career Immersion Program begins Monday, August 5 and concludes on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 (participants are welcome to arrive on Sunday, August 4);
  • New student orientation begins Sunday, August 16 (Navigator Prep participants can check in Saturday, August 15) and will continue through Wednesday, August 19;
  • Fall classes start Thursday, August 20. On-campus instruction concludes Friday, November 20 (after the Thanksgiving break, students will complete their final assignments and exams remotely from Monday, November 30 through Tuesday, December 8).

As we have learned over the course of the spring semester, external priorities beyond our control can alter our chosen course. In this currently dynamic environment, we hope this page serves as a regular reference point for news and updates about the coming collegiate year.


Convocation marks the ceremonial start of the academic year for our first-year students. Students receive advice from a variety of speakers on how to be successful at the college. Convocation is slated for Monday, August 17 at 4 p.m. at The Venetian Center.

Commencement 2020

Commencement exercises for December 2019 and May 2020 graduates is scheduled for Saturday, October 10 at Lake Receptions located at 4425 N. Highway 19A in Mount Dora. All graduates must arrive at Lake Receptions no later than 9:30 a.m. for check-in, portrait photograph session, and line-up in preparation for the ceremony. Graduation begins promptly at 11 a.m.

On Friday, October 9 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., graduates’ families are cordially invited to attend a Parents, Grandparents, and Family Reception at the Venetian Center, located at 1 Dozier Court in Leesburg.

The Beacon College Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be held on Saturday, October 10th at Lake Receptions

Final details will be released during the fall semester. Visit the Beacon Commencement page for further details.

Parents Weekend

Beacon College Parents Weekend is scheduled for October 10-12. The annual homecoming style event welcomes current and past Beacon parents to campus to enjoy with their children-students an abundant slate of educational workshops and recreational events including the popular dinner/dance and the annual Navigators 5K Walk or Run.

View full Parents Weekend schedule »