GCC announces plans for June 5 commencement, virtually and in person


  • Graduates receive their diplomas from Greenfield Community College President Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández during the 2019 commencement ceremony. Both virtual and in-person ceremonies will be offered this year on Saturday, June 5. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Report
Published: 4/13/2021 6:28:53 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will celebrate the accomplishments of its graduates with both virtual and in-person commencement ceremonies this year.

GCC’s in-person commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, and will include graduates from both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021, according to a GCC press release. President Yves Salomon-Fernández and a student speaker will provide remarks.

“Theirs has been an extraordinary journey,” Salomon-Fernández said in the release. “Our students have shown a level of resilience not just for themselves, but also for their loved ones.”

“Commencement is always a magical and exciting event,” added Dean of Students Anna Berry “This year feels exponentially more meaningful, because of the challenges that people have faced.”

Each graduate will have the opportunity to walk across the stage while their name and degree is read. The release explains that students can bring a small number of guests (still to be determined). Graduates will be grouped with their guests, separated from other groups by 10 feet, and they will not be able to congregate before or after the ceremony.

All attendees will need to be registered in advance and have a ticket. The release states students must RSVP by Friday, April 16, and pre-register their guests by Friday, May 14.

The Nursing Department will also go forward with its traditional pinning ceremony in person on June 5. Nursing student Sara Edwards of Greenfield is relieved to be done with the challenge of distance learning, and glad to be able to celebrate with an in-person pinning ceremony.

“I’m ready to get out there and help in a more advanced way than I currently am,” Edwards said in the release.

To provide access to students and families who cannot attend in person, GCC’s commencement ceremony will also be livestreamed, the release states. GCC’s virtual commencement will air on YouTube beginning Saturday, June 5. It will include pre-recorded remarks from Salomon-Fernández, the faculty speaker (retiring nursing professor Trish McPeak-LaRocca) and a student speaker from the Class of 2021. The virtual ceremony will take place regardless of the plans for the in-person event.

Complete commencement details and any updates can be found at gcc.mass.edu/commencement.


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