After nearly a year of shutdown, the college sees life and light this spring
Last year, a walk across Quimby’s Prairie lacked the typical bustle of a college campus. Students were sparse, faculty were home brushing up on their online teaching skills, and staff were largely working remotely. But the college committed to reopen for the spring semester in February, and it did so in the same way as the rest of the world — masked, with a limited number of people, and with an emphasis on physical distancing to reduce the spread of the virus.
About 1,100 students came back to live on campus in single rooms only, some classes in all seven schools were
offered with an in-person option, and the athletic teams returned to competition. As the semester continued, library hours were extended, students could visit each other’s rooms, and vaccines were distributed to the community. The Classes of 2020 and 2021 enjoyed commencement activities in Lions Stadium.
TCNJ Magazine chronicled some of these moments during the college’s transition back to normalcy as a way for future Lions to see what life was like during the pandemic.
Photos: Aaron Wilson Watson ’18 and Rock Jennings ’21