Plans are underway for Kaskaskia College’s re-scheduled commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, July 10 on the College’s main campus. While some details are still being finalized the College will host the ceremony outdoors in the commons area behind the Lifelong Learning Center with the ceremony starting at 7:00 p.m. In keeping with safety regulations due to COVID-19 social distancing will be enforced with seating spaced six feet apart and the diplomas will be placed on the graduate chairs. However many of the other formal procedures of commencement, the processional and recessional, the conferring of degrees and the opportunity for students to walk across the stage to have their photos taken will take place.
Plans are also in place to move the ceremony indoors in case of inclement weather. In addition, the College is also planning to continue pinning exercises during the week of July 6 for allied health programs that hold those ceremonies prior to graduation as well.
Like many other institutions of higher education Kaskaskia College was faced with how to celebrate the hard work of its 2020 graduates. Unlike many of those institutions the College rejected outright any thoughts of cancelling this year’s ceremony. “Commencement is a rite of passage for students,” said KC President George Evans. “It is a time where students can come together to celebrate their successes and memories. We do not want to deprive this graduating class, especially with the obstacles they have endured, from the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments”
For graduates wanting to take part in the ceremony they can order their caps and gowns now at kaskaskia.shopoakhalli.com between now and May 18. Since they will not be able to come to the campus to pick up their regalia, it will be mailed directly to their homes.