Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) cancelled in-person commencement ceremonies at all 23 community colleges, including WCC. WCC does plan to reschedule the in-person ceremony at some point in the future. In the meantime, the college wanted to proceed with recognizing its graduates this spring.
“We are extremely proud of our students and their accomplishments,” said Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle, WCC President. “Commencement is a milestone for students, and even though we cannot hold a traditional ceremony at this time, we want to honor our graduates through this virtual ceremony.”
The virtual ceremony will be pre-recorded and will include a message from Sprinkle, along with the reading of each graduates name and degree, diploma, or certificate earned. Graduates also have an opportunity to submit a photo to be included in the video. Information has been emailed to all graduates, directing them to the submission form at forms.gle/bLyDr8J9Bm6Lm3PSA. Information about the virtual graduate recognition ceremony can be found at https://www.wcc.vccs.edu/2020-virtual, or graduates my contact Ms. Renee Thomas, Dean of Student Success and Academic Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCC faculty and staff will also be recording messages for graduates that will be shared later this month via social media.
“We look forward to this special ceremony,” said Sprinkle. “The WCC Class of 2020 has faced unprecedented challenges, but these graduates have succeeded, and we want to help them celebrate their accomplishments.”