For the class of 2021, they have spent the majority of their last two years in college sitting in front of computers listening to Zoom lectures from bedrooms across the state. Like the class before them, they missed out on final goodbyes to professors and peers, as well as the traditions that once provided students with the closure of ending one chapter and beginning another. However, unlike the class of 2020, this year’s graduates will have an actual Commencement ceremony.
There is a difference between graduation and Commencement. Commencement refers to the ceremony, officiated by the president of the College, where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. While Graduation is a multi-step process consisting of submitting a graduation application, completing all academic requirements for the degree or certificate, and settling all outstanding financial obligations prior to receiving your diploma.
Many dream of the day that they can walk across the stage and accept their college diploma, and Frederick Community College is doing their best to provide their students with this experience. Due to Covid-19 though, there won’t be any large crowds. No family and friends screaming their names from the audience, no handshakes and hugs from their fellow graduates, and no group pictures to capture the memories. Students will be able to walk across the stage in their cap and gown though. They will also be able to have their picture taken by a professional photographer. Also, each graduate will be allowed to bring two guests.
In order to ensure the health and safety of the students and College community, this event will take place at various time slots between May 18 and May 20. This event will adhere to all guidelines set forth in the FCC Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery, which includes no more than ten people in the gym at one time. All participants and guests must wear a mask over their mouth and nose and be physically distanced at all times.