Tri-C’s first online ceremony for graduates begins at 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 14. The event will be streamed on the College’s
Facebook page, YouTube channel and SmartTV cable broadcast
Restrictions on large gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak
forced the College to adjust plans for a traditional
“Like any graduation, this is a defining moment in the lives of
our students,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “This class
has persevered through a challenging time. Now, they will take
the resilience and courage they demonstrated at Tri-C and use it
to make their mark on the world.”
The virtual celebration will feature videos from students,
congratulatory messages from faculty and remarks from College
leadership. The names of all 2,470 petitioning graduates will
scroll across the screen.
This week’s virtual celebration will take place at the same time
and date of the originally scheduled in-person Spring
Commencement. It is the first of two events being held to honor
this class of graduates.
The College also plans to gather spring graduates Dec. 16 for a
traditional commencement so that they can experience the
excitement and emotion of a formal cap-and-gown event. (The
ceremony will be separate from Tri-C’s Fall Commencement,
scheduled for Dec. 17.)
Graduates are also receiving yard signs to draw attention to
their accomplishments. In addition, Cleveland’s Terminal Tower
will glow in Tri-C teal from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 15,
in honor of the Class of 2020.