Northeast Community College Commencement Ceremony To Carry On Virtually May 16

NORFOLK – As high schools, colleges and universities look to reschedule their spring graduations, officials with a community college will be moving forward with a virtual commencement.

According to a release from Northeast Community College, their 47th annual Commencement Ceremony will look much different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President, Leah Barrett announced that the Spring 2020 commencement will still be held on the same date and time as to when the original event was to be held in the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk, but it will be broadcast virtually.

The virtual ceremony, which will recognize graduates from summer and fall 2019 and spring 2020, will air on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. It will be produced on Northeast’s television channel KHWK – cable channel 20, and livestreamed at After that date, the ceremony will be available on demand on the Northeast YouTube Channel.

Northeast Community College desires to have the ceremony be special and meaningful for graduates and their family and friends.

The virtual commencement ceremony will feature speakers representing the Board of Governors, faculty and students followed by recognition of graduates. Instead of walking across the stage, as is customarily done during such events, graduates are encouraged to submit photos of themselves so they may be displayed when their names are read during the virtual ceremony.

In addition, Northeast Community College would still like to acknowledge this year’s graduates in person when the time of social distancing is lifted. All graduates will be welcome to walk at any future NECC Commencement Ceremony. This could be in 2021, if they have a sibling who graduates or when their children graduate from Northeast.

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