Reflecting Back: A Recap of the School Year
Updated: Jun 21, 2021
Liberty University's 2020-21 academic school year has come to an end. If you are one of the 5,600 LU graduates, on behalf of the Liberty Bell News Executive Board, I would like to congratulate you on your recent academic accomplishment! We pray God's blessings on your lives as each of you join the legacy of thousands as Champions for Christ and Liberty University alumni.
By now, the entire student body has completed their spring semester and begun summer break. But, before we officially kick off the next chapter for Liberty Bell News, let's take a moment to look back on just a few favorite moments of the 2020-21 academic year.
1. The 2020 Prayer March in Washington, D.C.
This past school year, Liberty University had the opportunity to host a total of sixty-six guest speakers for virtual Convocation. Looking back, one of the most memorable moments from Convocation last fall was with guest speaker Franklin Graham, who invited the student body to the 2020 Washington Prayer March. With Liberty University President Jerry Prevo's support, on September 26, 2020, 44 buses transported 2,220 students to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to participate in praying for our nation and the upcoming election.
2. The Life March On-Campus
Shortly after the March for Life in Washington, D.C. was canceled over COVID-19 safety concerns, the Falkirk Center for Faith and Freedom (now known as the Standing for Freedom Center) hosted the 'Life March’ with honored guests such as Allie Beth Stuckey and David Benham. Through the event’s co-sponsors, the Liberty Students for Life club and Culture of Life 1972, hundreds of students were able to join in the pro-life movement!
3. "The Great Snowball Fight of 2021"
Another memorable moment hundreds of Liberty students participated in was 'The Great Snowball Fight of 2021"! On January 31, the student body was challenged by former Alaskan resident and Liberty University President Jerry Prevo in a snowball fight and snowman building contest on the Academic Lawn. By 2 P.M., thousands of students had gathered to join in the snow day fun!
Upon arriving back on campus last August, we could not have foreseen what God had planned, nor the challenges we would face this school year. Fresh off statewide mandates and lockdowns, the anticipation for returning students and the incoming freshman was heightened, as was the scrutiny towards Liberty University. Shortly after the fall semester began, former university President Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced his formal resignation on the first day of classes. Along with additional sets of challenges during the spring semester, Liberty University’s former campus pastor, David Nasser, also resigned.
Despite these big leadership shifts and COVID-19 regulation hurtles, our student body, faculty, and staff persevered with faith and stayed on mission: Training Champions for Christ. I believe Liberty University has grown stronger because of the challenges it faced this past school year. Now more than ever, it is vital for our student body and alumni to remain steadfast in our mission. This summer, whether you are planning on returning to Liberty University in a few short months or have recently graduated and are now pursuing the calling God has on your life, go out and be a Champion for Christ!