After postponing their 2020 graduation ceremony due to COVID-19, which was originally scheduled for May 8, Terra State Community College has announced a modified ceremony for students. On June 25-27, students can sign up for individual time slots where they may come to The Neeley Center on the Fremont campus dressed in their cap and gown to receive their degree.
Graduates can bring four guests. All time slots will be spaced 10 minutes apart to prevent any overlap.
“This plan will allow us to recognize our graduates while adhering to the social distancing guidelines developed by the state to protect the health of everyone on campus,” said Terra State President Ron Schumacher.
Everyone entering the building will be required to have a temperature scan and wear a mask or other facial covering. Graduates and their guests will park in The Neeley Center parking lot and go into a waiting room where they can put on their graduation regalia and prepare.
When their turn comes, they will be directed to another room in The Neeley Center where their name will be read and they will “walk” across the room to pick up their degree and turn their tassel.
After receiving their diploma, they will exit the back of the building to the patio/gazebo area where they will have the opportunity to take photos with their guests. Grads and guests will receive refreshments to take with them as they exit the area and return to their car.
Terra State employees will be present, limiting the number of persons per room so that there is no more than 10, to lead graduates and their guests throughout the process.
Each participating graduate will be videotaped and the college will be putting together a commencement video for each of them.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate these unusual circumstances,” said Schumacher. “Congratulations, grads!”