Gardner, MA – March 25, 2020 – Mount Wachusett Community College President Jim Vander Hooven announced today that the college will be hosting “virtual” commencement ceremonies this spring. He said the decision was not taken lightly. “Commencement is perhaps the most sacred event in higher education. It is the highest symbolic event we have to honor our student’s accomplishments. But we also need to keep the health of our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community in the forefront. Too much significant planning and resources are required at this point to be confident in our ability to hold the event in person.”
Rather than cancelling or postponing Commencement, Mount Wachusett Community College will be holding a virtual Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will include all aspects of the traditional commencement ceremony including the speakers, the awards, and the reading of the names of the graduates. It will be held on the same day and time as scheduled: Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00pm. More information will be forthcoming in coming weeks. The College is also transitioning our Gateway/Pathway Graduation Ceremony to a virtual ceremony. That ceremony will be held Friday, May 22 at 12:00pm as previously scheduled.
In making the announcement, President Vander Hooven also praised the campus community for making a swift movement to remote teaching and learning and remote business functions. “In recent weeks we have had to cancel or postpone all on-campus events, move all learning for spring semester to remote learning, and to move almost all employees to remote working environments – all in the matter of 7-10 days. I am proud of how our community of faculty members, staff, and students have risen to the challenges.”
For more information of MWCC Commencement, visit our website at: https://mwcc.edu/campus-life/commencement/