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News for Barret Graduate School of Banking Students!!

Greetings Grad Program participants:

I wanted to share a quick update as you all finalize your travel plans to attend in June.  Since we will have a few classes ahead of time via Zoom, we freed up the schedule a little – the actual schedule of virtual classes will be forwarded in the next week or so.


Arrival and departure times will be similar for all classes.



Senior Class (June 6th-11th)

Junior Class (June 13th-18th)

Freshman Class (June 20th-25th)


If you are staying on campus, we will now need to arrive by 3:30pm CST to check into your apartment.  If you are staying at the event hotel (see link below), we would like you to be on campus by 5pm, for the class orientation.  A BBQ social will follow at 5:30pm CST.


As for Friday, you can plan on heading home no later than noon.  The Senior class will wrap up Bank Sim and then have an abbreviated graduation from 9am-11am CST.  The Junior and Freshman classes will have their exam from 9am-11am CST.



Here’s your reservation link for The Memphian Hotel (Marriott Property) in the Overton Square Entertainment District near campus:
Book your group rate for Barret School of Banking

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Event Summary:
Barret School of Banking
Start Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
End Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Last Day to Book: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
  1. The Memphian, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel for $139 USD – $999 USD per night

Book your group rate for Barret School of Banking


Here’s the reminder about health/safety protocols we will need to follow (as of today):

  • Separating the classes will allow us to socially distance people in on-campus housing, the dining hall, classrooms/buildings, etc.
  1. Six feet separation per person in classrooms/dining hall
  2. Two people per apartment, with single occupancy bathrooms
  3. Mask protocols in place based on health directives
  • Participants will be split into different classrooms to maintain social distancing protocols, where presentations may be video-streamed.  The facilitator will rotate between classrooms to ensure each class receives some in-person instruction throughout the week.
  • For those who are unable to come to campus, we will be able to provide live streaming via Zoom.
    1. Our Board has agreed not to hold our annual meeting during school week, ensuring less people on campus.
  • The University will hold minimal in-person classes during our June program and no events, guaranteeing less people on campus.  They have also agreed to keep all non-essential staff off campus while we are holding our program.
    1. The annual school week lecture event will be held virtually since the Shelby County Health department will not allow large events on campus.  Date TBD.
  • Our cancellation policy (refund or credit) will be flexible during this time.


***We do need to know the following ASAP, if you haven’t done so already***

1). Will you be staying on campus, hotel, or commuting?

2). Do you know for certain you will only attend via live streaming (Zoom)?


On-campus housing request forms will be available in the next few weeks.


I am free to discuss any of this at your convenience, so please feel free to email me ( or call my cell at 901-270-3303.  Best wishes – Chris Kelley/Executive Director



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Byron Earnheart is the Programming Director for the Barret School of Banking in Memphis, TN and the host of the “Main Street Banking” podcast…the only podcast solely devoted to community banks. He has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry; 11 of which have been in banking in various roles from teller work to branch management. He spends his time playing guitar and singing in Delta Heart (the “house band of the Mississippi Delta”), writing music, cooking, reading, and enduring the University of Tennessee Volunteers athletic seasons. He is married to his wife Kelly of 11 years and has two children, John Aubrey (11) and Mary Laura (7). If you'd like to hear Byron's music, check him out on Spotify:
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