Genesee Community College has announced it will hold a virtual graduation June 6 for its 2020 graduates, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 1 p.m. ceremony will be streamed online on the college’s homepage (www.genesee.edu) and feature a keynote speech by Peggy Marone, the director of Leadership Genesee since its inception in 2001.
The ceremony will also feature remarks by long-time president James Sunser, some GCC professors and instructors and a reading of graduates’ names. (Graduates have to RSVP by April 27 to have their names read.)
“We could not deprive our college community of this event, and postponement does not accommodate the schedule and the very real demands and obligations of many of our graduates who have jobs or are transferring to other institutions, ” Sunser said. “With a professional career in higher education for more than three decades, commencement remains my favorite day. It is always an honor and delight to watch the graduates cross the stage to receive their diplomas and see them celebrate with their family, friends and fellow classmates.”
The commencement will also include “a robust social media exchange,” the college said.
Details are available online at www.genesee.edu/commencement. GCC is also inviting the Class of 2020 to participate in person in the commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 scheduled for May 2021.
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