Northeast Community College Offering Six Different Commencement Ceremonies May 21 – 22

Northeast Community College Offering Six Different Commencement Ceremonies May 21 – 22
Courtesy of NECC. The Cox Activities Center gymnasium sits empty just prior to the start of Northeast Community College’s 46th annual Commencement Ceremony in May 2019

NORFOLK – Several commencement ceremonies have been scheduled for a community college in northeast Nebraska.

According to a release from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the college to hold its 2020 commencement ceremony online and on broadcast television. Now, the 2021 occasion will be held in-person but rather than conducting only one event, NECC will hold multiple ceremonies over a two-day period in late May.

In all, six commencement ceremonies will be held – three on Friday, May 21 and three on Saturday, May 22, in the Cox Activities Center gymnasium on Northeast’s Norfolk campus. Attendance will be limited to allow six feet of social distancing between graduates and guests.

Commencement ceremonies will be held each day at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Graduates have been informed as to the date and time of their respective ceremonies as receptions will follow each event.

According to Amanda Nipp, vice president of student services, approximately half of the 900 graduates have chosen to participate in commencement this year.

Multiple ceremonies will allow approximately 75 graduates at each event. In addition, each student will be allowed up to four guests who will view the ceremonies in the Cox Activities Center gym.

All guests must have a ticket to be admitted to commencement ceremonies and all attendees must wear a face mask. Guests will be seated in pods that will include immediate family members and friends of each graduate. Each pod will be spaced six feet apart from individuals in other pods who are not in their respective group.

In addition, ceremonies will be streamed live by the Northeast Media Arts programs of broadcasting and audio recording technology at All events will be available on demand following the ceremonies.

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