Planning for 2021 Commencement Is Underway

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Our students have worked hard. And now it’s time to prepare for our commencement celebrations.

While we won’t be able to celebrate again this year with a traditional commencement ceremony, we will celebrate our graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony, a socially distanced in-person commencement celebration on campus with photo opportunities and a graduation box that will be mailed to each participating graduate. You can read a draft message that will soon go out to our 2021 graduates here.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony
A virtual commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 10 a.m. Students can expect ceremony speeches, a virtual opportunity to officially move their tassels from right to left and a reading of all of our graduates’ names.

On-campus Photo Opportunity
With student feedback in mind, we’re creating a red carpet (and socially distanced!) in-person commencement celebration for students and their families. The event will be held in April and will feature multiple photo opportunities, including having an official graduation photo taken on an outdoor stage, along with a celebratory selfie. And to be inclusive of our participating 2020 graduates and provide them with an in-person recognition event to honor their achievements, we are inviting them to reserve a spot to join in on the celebrations. Click here to view a draft message that will be going out to our 2020 graduates this week.

The experience, which will be led by the campus’ leadership teams, will be the same on each campus, and students may select a campus to attend via a reservation system. Dates and times will be shared soon. If you’re interested in volunteering to be a part of the on-campus experience to help celebrate our graduates, please contact your campus leadership.

Graduation in a Box
We know that an important part of the graduation experience is our students taking photos in their caps and gowns, decorating their caps and tossing them in the air. So, we’re bringing that experience to their homes by mailing each 2021 graduate a box that contains a cap, gown, tassel and diploma cover. And as a special gift from the Valencia College Alumni Relations office, a Valencia College license plate holder is also included. Boxes will be mailed in early March.

More details will be shared as they are available.

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