CALAIS, Maine – Washington County Community College is hosting its second virtual graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, May 14. Associate degrees in applied science, arts, diplomas, and certificates will be conferred on 101 students.
It may not be exactly the graduation of the past, but it will be pretty close, thanks to the efforts of administration, faculty and student leaders.
“Although we’d rather celebrate our graduation in person, it will still be exciting to have the videos of our graduates walking across the stage,” said Tyler Stoldt, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services. Stoldt said the prerecorded video will go live on WCCC’s Facebook page and website – //wccc.me.edu/commencement.
“This has been a difficult and unprecedented year,” Stoldt said, as the campus dealt with the COVID pandemic. “We are still not, unfortunately, back to what graduation was,” he said, “but we have balanced the need to respond to pandemic protocols with technology.” Stoldt said the WCCC students have become so familiar with remote and virtual technology that the virtual graduation should be a wonderful presentation. He said WCCC has sent out virtual invitations to the students that they may forward to their families.
WCCC President Susan Mingo says she looks forward to celebrating with the graduates and their families. “Our graduates have exhibited extreme tenacity and courage during unprecedented historical circumstances to achieve this milestone, and I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments.”
Prerecorded speakers include the Student of the Year Jessica Stevens; Student Senate President Nathan Andrick; Distinguished Faculty Member Randy McCormick – Drafting/CAD Instructor; Maine Community College System President David Daigler; WCCC President, Susan Mingo, Maine Community College System Board of Trustees Chair William Cassidy. The Keynote Speaker is Commissioner Randall Liberty, State of Maine Department of Corrections.