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Commencement Ceremony to be Held July 30, 2020

The most recent Governor’s Executive Order 120 (March 23, 2020), requires gatherings of 50 or more people to be canceled through May 15, 2020. With this order in mind, COA will reschedule the spring commencement ceremonies that were originally planned for Wednesday, May 13.

Recognition of our graduates and their achievements is a milestone event that we are committed to celebrating with students and their friends/families. Rather than cancel or plan a virtual option, we are committed to offering our traditional graduation experience to our 2020 graduates!

COA will hold its commencement ceremony on Thursday, July 30, 2020 for fall, spring and summer graduates. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Please continue to monitor your COA email, website and Facebook page for further updates. For immediate questions regarding graduation, please email

Online Instruction Begins on March 23, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 23 College of The Albemarle (COA) classes will resume through online course delivery methods only. In the following recommendations outlined by the North Carolina Community College System on March 18, face-to-face instruction of classes that cannot be delivered online are considered suspended until further notice. To accommodate the critical need for public safety and public health services in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the following exceptions are allowed:

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • Fire Training
  • Emergency Medical and Rescue Training
  • Nursing (RN, LPN, CNA)
  • Other training specifically requested by public safety and public health response agencies, including the military

This also includes healthcare clinicals related to the above (either at a clinical site, if permitted by the site, or through simulation).

If face-to-face instruction is offered, the following conditions will be met:

  • Students and faculty follow appropriate social distancing and safety measures
  • Students are willing to participate and not penalized if they opt to delay instruction
  • Students are provided appropriate personal protective equipment, if applicable
  • Students in the programs listed above have been contacted regarding these recommendations

Resources at Campus Locations

While providing online course instruction methods will aid in mitigating the spread of Covid-19, the college is aware that there may be students who lack adequate internet services and/or computer equipment. In an effort to continue to provide student services such as computer labs and libraries, designated lab space at each campus location will remain open for use. Within each area, appropriate social distancing will be applied as well as frequent sanitizing of space and equipment in accordance to the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Capacity will be limited based on the number of people in each lab to maintain social distancing (6 feet of space between each person).

Computer Labs

The revised hours for each lab location can be found under College Resources > Computer Labs, or by visiting Computer Labs web page.

Academic Support

Additional academic support services can also be found under the College Resources listed on this web page. Hours have been revised in the Testing Center to accommodate testing needs for COA students only. See our revised testing center hours.

Academic Support Center

Sessions can be arranged until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Contact the ASC Coordinator, Robin Robertson at 252-335-0821 ext. 2244.

Hours of Operation

Days Hours
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


If you have a request for a test proctor, please fill out the Google form.


Online tutoring services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week through To access this resource, use the link provided in each of your myCourses courses.

For questions regarding the Academic Support resources, contact Robin Robertson at


Existing online library services continue and in an effort to support students’ library and research needs, virtual library office hours have been made available using Blackboard Collaborate. This information can be found under College Resources > Online Library, or by visiting Blackboard.

For questions regarding Library services, contact Rodney Wooten at

Access at Campus Locations

With the majority of course delivery online, there will be limited access to buildings at each campus location. To ensure the safety of COA students, faculty and staff, there will be a central access point of entry at each campus location. Please enter through the following buildings at each location:

  • COA – Currituck: Front entrance of building
  • COA – Dare: Russell Twiford Building – Main entrance
  • COA – Edenton-Chowan: Building 3
  • COA – Elizabeth City: AE Building – Front entrance

While faculty and staff at each location will continue to work under normal operating hours, there will be limited staff on each campus. Students are encouraged to contact the faculty or staff member they need to speak with by email and/or phone.


Students should contact their advisors via email to make arrangements for advising sessions that can be completed by phone or alternate electronic means (virtual meeting options such as Zoom or Google Meets). In addition to advising, a student “help line” will be available in the coming days. More information on this will follow.

Visit our web page for a list of advising staff.

COA Student Wifi

School Public Wifi Alternative Wifi Source
Camden Early College in progress n/a
Cape Hatteras Secondary n/a hotspots available if needed
COA – Elizabeth City yes – Foreman Center parking lot;
access “COA-Public” wifi
First Flight High Yes hotspots available if needed
Gates County High no public wifi in school parking lot and
public library parking lot
John A. Holmes High no public wifi on or in school parking lots
JP Knapp Early College yes hotspots available if needed –
limited to two hours use daily
Manteo High yes hotspots available if needed
NEAAAT in progress n/a
Northeastern High in progress n/a
Perquimans County High no public wifi on in school parking lots and
recreation center
Manteo High yes hotspots available if needed

College Events

All events on campus, college related or external, will be canceled or postponed through April 30. Events that have been canceled will be communicated to the COA community and the general public. Events that are set to occur after April 30 will be evaluated in the coming weeks.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

COA is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for cleaning and disinfecting of all campus locations. For further information, visit the CDC website.

Distance Learning Options

Beginning Monday, March 23, COA courses that can be delivered online, will be transitioned to online instruction. For programs that require “hands-on” learning components (i.e. labs and clinical settings), instructors will exercise social distancing within these courses. Throughout next week, March 16-20, instructors will be communicating with students in their classes the methods that will be used for online instruction and schedules for those who will still attend some in-person classes.

Academic Support Center, Testing Center and Labs

Students will have the ability to use these resources as they prepare for online instruction. Students who do not have adequate online capabilities at home will have access to designated computer labs on campus.

Additional Information

COA students, faculty and staff should check their COA email accounts regularly for updates regarding the college’s response to Covid-19. COA administration will continue to actively monitor recommendations provided by the CDC, as well as guidance provided by the state health department, local health departments and the North Carolina Community College System. Any changes or updates will also be posted on COA’s Facebook page and sent through the Regroup Emergency Notification system as needed.

Sign Up for Alerts

COA Alert System

We are encouraging our COA employees and students to remain flexible, as this is a fluid and rapidly evolving situation. We will provide regular updates on this web page and will use our Regroup Emergency Notification as needed. If you have not already signed up for emergency alerts, please visit our Alert System and log in using your COA username and password. Once you are logged in, you have the ability to add additional phone numbers to receive notifications as needed.


For any student questions or concerns, please email COA staff members are here to support you.

We realize the changes that we are putting in place will be challenging for everyone. Please know that every faculty and staff member at COA is working to make this as smooth a transition as possible for you. Your safety and success are our top priorities. Please reach out to your faculty member as soon as you experience any difficulties. We are going to be there for you. Help us to help you!

A Message from Dr. Jack Bagwell, COA President

Dr. Jack Bagwell