Costa Mesa, CA (May 12, 2020) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Coast Community College District is announcing that its three Colleges - Coastline, Golden West, and Orange Coast - will recognize the achievements of the resilient Class of 2020 through three virtual commencements. This is a first for the Coast Colleges, made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Even at a distance, each College has found a way to honor our graduates and all those who support them," said District Chancellor John Weispfenning. "We are celebrating our newest alumni as they prepare to build the future of Orange County and beyond."
Commencements are often the largest event of an academic year. It is an experience shared with friends, mentors, and loved ones. The virtual commencements will seek to preserve as much of that spirit as possible.
The Coastline College 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be Friday, May 29. Graduates will have the opportunity to submit a photo or video and quote to be shown when their name is read. Graduates, friends, and family will also have the opportunity to participate interactively via social media. Commencement participants will receive a care package complete with a commemorative tassel and stole. All 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to participate in next year's in-person commencement celebration.
Orange Coast College is holding its Virtual Commencement 2020 on Saturday, June 6. Orange Coast students will also be able to contribute to a commencement video that will premiere with a shared watch party and the opportunity to connect through social media. The College is also sending graduates care packages complete with graduation tassel, commencement program, and other goodies.
Golden West College will follow a similar format to include their graduates in a Virtual Commencement Celebration premiering on Friday, June 12. Graduates will have the opportunity to don a virtual cap and gown through a free SnapChat filter. Golden West is also giving all 2020 graduates the opportunity to join with the Class of 2021 in next year's in-person celebration.
"You will face many choices in the days ahead. Plans made months ago may not be your best option in this new world of ours," recorded Chancellor Weispfenning in a video message to the graduates. "Know, without doubt, that your College and the Coast District are there, mentoring as needed, continuing your education as needed, and always cheering you on."