FREMONT, Ohio — Terra State Community College leaders have come up with a new way to give graduates their tassel-turning moment after initial commencement plans were canceled due to COVID-19.
Along with getting enough equipment in place to check everyone's temperatures who had to come in over the last month to finish up in person lab work, college leaders have finally decided on an adjusted commencement plan.
"We really felt it was important to have some sort of on campus graduation experience for the students. And the one thing that we heard most importantly was they wanted to be able to share that with their family," Terra State Vice President of Academic Affairs Bill Taylor said.
All graduating students can now go online and signup for a personal 10-minute commencement slot. They can invite up to four family members and choose an open time slot on either June 26, 27 or 28.
It won't be the same experience as a traditional commencement ceremony, but the administration felt it was important to give all students a chance to end their career at Terra properly.
"Not only is it a celebration of what students have accomplished. But, it's also a celebration of what their next experience is going to be. And that's really one of the foundations of education, is to prepare students for what their next experience is going to be," Taylor said.
The deadline for Terra State students to sign up for a commencement slot is Friday June 19.