2017 Trip to Totality

Andrews University is pleased to provide you with the opportunity to view the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 with an overnight trip to Highland Academy in Portland, TN.

The total eclipse is expected to be viewed by millions. This is the first total solar eclipse visible from contiguous states in the US since 1979. 

Should the weather forecast indicate that viewing the eclipse will not be possible at Highland Academy, we've arranged for alternate viewing locations both east and west of the academy. 

 If you'd like to add another person to your party, please contact us at physics@andrews.edu. Otherwise, trip registration is closed.


August 20

  • Loading location: TBD on the campus of Andrews University
  • Loading time: 07:30
  • Departure time: 08:00
  • Bring your own lunch, as there will not be a lunch stop
  • Arrival time: 15:30 CDT
  • Supper: 16:00 CDT
  • Worship: 19:45 CDT
  • Stargazing: 08:30 CDT

August 21

  • Breakfast: 06:45-07:10 CDT
  • Tiffany Summerscales on the eclipse: 11:00 CDT
  • Lunch will be served outdoors as the eclipse begins
  • Partial eclipse begins: 11:58 CDT
  • Totality begins: 13:27:31 CDT
  • Totality ends: 13:29:50 CDT
  • Partial eclipse ends: 14:53 CDT
  • Loading time: TBD
  • Departure time: after 15:00 CDT
  • Stop for supper about two hours after departure
  • Arrival time back in Berrien Springs by 01:00 on August 22

Trip price

  • $210 per person

Trip price includes:

  • Round-trip coach bus transportation to Highland Academy
  • Overnight lodging at Highland Academy
  • Three vegetarian meals at Highland Academy
  • A pair of eclipse glasses
  • Bus transportation to an alternate viewing site in case of cloudy weather at Highland Academy (Marion, IL to the west; Athens, TN to the east)

Trip price does not include:

  • Meals on the road
  • Linens at Highland Academy--plan to bring bed linens, pillows, and towels