uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic has led the region’s six
community colleges to postpone their in-person commencement ceremonies
scheduled for May, 2020. The news was previously announced by the presidents of
Erie, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Jamestown, Monroe and Niagara community colleges
to their campus communities over the past week.Erie
Community College has cancelled its in-person ceremony scheduled for May 20 and
is looking at options for a virtual ceremony to be held in its place that day.
President Dr. Dan Hocoy noted that the college is also considering options to hold
an in-person ceremony at a later date.
was a heartbreaking decision to cancel our in-person ceremony, as this ceremony
is a true celebration of student accomplishment,” Dr. Hocoy said. “We are exploring
every option to give the graduating class of 2020 its moment in the spotlight
and expect to announce our plans in the next few weeks.”
who expect to complete their program requirements this Spring should visit the
College’s graduation web page at https://www.ecc.edu/graduate/Finger
Lakes Community College
The traditional commencement ceremony at Finger Lakes Community
College, originally scheduled for May 16, has been postponed. May 2020 graduates
will receive their degrees, and transcripts will show a May 2020 graduation
Alternative plans for a celebration are under development and may
include a ceremony at a later date, an online ceremony, or both. Commencement
planners are gathering ideas from faculty, staff and students before developing
"We have every intention of celebrating your
accomplishments," President Robert Nye told students in an email.
"It's the highlight of our year."
who have registered to graduate can still get caps and gowns for free by
placing an online order by April 15 with the bookstore.Genesee
GCC is actively planning to hold our
Commencement ceremony virtually to provide the best possible balance of
recognition and safety for all involved.
"Commencement is a very important part of our academic
tradition. We are working diligently to
provide an uplifting experience to celebrate our students' academic
achievements," said GCC President Dr. James Sunser. More details will be
shared with students and families in the near future.Jamestown
Community College has decided to postpone its May commencement exercises and
will be exploring options.
students have worked extremely hard, with many of you overcoming significant
challenges to obtain a college education,” said JCC President Dr. Daniel
DeMarte. “The anticipation of walking across the stage at commencement to be
recognized in front of your family and peers for your determination and
tenacity is rightfully deserved. However, due to the severe national health
crisis, we must postpone our traditional commencement ceremony in May. Our
decision was not an easy one to make; it was based on ensuring your health as
well as the health of your family and loved ones, and our extended community.”
regarding commencement plans will be shared with students as they become
available over the next several weeks.Monroe
Community College will postpone its May commencement ceremony to early
December, when a traditional, in-person celebration will be held. Students who fulfill
program requirements and apply for graduation will become MCC graduates in May
and receive their degrees and certificates in the mail during the summer. Approximately
2,000 students are expected to be in the class of 2020.
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“I share our students'
disappointment over the change in plans,” said MCC Interim President Dr. Katherine
Douglas. “I am committed to seeing our students experience the distinctive
tradition of walking across the stage in December and celebrating with them this
significant milestone in their lives.”Niagara
County Community College
County Community College (NCCC) will postpone its May 2020 Commencement
ceremonies until a later date. “I am aware of the great efforts and
sacrifices made by NCCC’s Class of 2020, and we look forward to the opportunity
to honor their accomplishments properly with a ceremony at a later date,” said
NCCC President Dr. William J. Murabito. “A survey will be distributed to
eligible graduates, so that their preferences for a new date are taken into
should continue to refer to niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement for updates on the
ceremony. All students who complete program requirements and apply for
graduation will receive degrees and certificates as planned.