Big gatherings are out due to the coronavirus pandemic, so events like traditional graduations cannot be held at Virginia’s Community Colleges this spring. Some of our colleges say they will celebrate the class of 2020 later this year, perhaps in the fall.
About half of our colleges have announced they will hold virtual commencements. Here’s a summary of the information they’ve shared with the Community College Connection:
Lord Fairfax Community College will celebrate commencement virtually on Saturday, June 6 at 1 PM. The event can be seen on the college’s website at LFCC.edu/commencement.
Mountain Empire Community College is planning to offer a virtual graduation recognition. MECC’s goal is to have details published by May 15 on the college’s www.mecc.edu website, its public access channel and social media outlets.
Patrick Henry Community College will have a virtual graduation ceremony in lieu of the traditional commencement exercise at 10 a.m. May 16 — the same day and time that had been slated for the traditional ceremony.
The event will include an announcement of each student’s name, degree, credentials and awards, but families and friends will be watch via Facebook live as each graduate’s photograph appears when a speaker reads the names.
Learn more here.
Paul D. Camp Community College is planning a “Virtual Spirit Week” and says a virtual commencement is being planned will air on May 8 at 7 p.m. on Camp’s YouTube Channel. Details here.
Rappahannock Community College says its virtual ceremony will include addresses by the RCC’s president Shannon Kennedy, and a student representative. It will be online May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Reynolds Community College has tentative plans for a virtual commencement celebration in mid-June. Details and link TBA.
Southside Virginia Community College is also planning a virtual graduation. Details have not been announced at this time.
At Southwest Virginia Community College, there won’t be a “virtual commencement” per se, but plans are underway to hold an online celebration for students, including a letter from SWCC President Tommy Wright, and recorded videos from Wright, distinguished alumni and others. Details TBA.
Tidewater Community College will hold its 70th Commencement Exercises on May 11 at 6 p.m. The college will recognize the achievements of its graduates with an online ceremony that will include remarks by President Marcia Conston, student speakers and a conferring of certificates and degrees. Learn more here.
At Thomas Nelson Community College, summer and fall 2019 graduates and spring 2020 candidates are invited to participate in TNCC’s virtual commencement ceremony on May 14, which will go out at the tncc.edu website at 10 a.m.
Learn more here.
On May 15, graduates at Virginia Highlands Community College will receive an invitation to participate in a mobile-driven celebration. Later in May, graduates can take part in a “graduation cruise-in” on campus, to be greeted (at a safe distance) by faculty, staff and others as they pick up caps & gowns. A virtual commencement ceremony will be held in June. Details here.