WAYNE – Although Wayne State College was unable to hold their traditional commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students over the weekend, college officials do plan on hosting a ceremony for Spring 2020 graduates later this summer pending gathering of crowd restrictions.
The May 9 ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn’t stop president Marysz Rames on conferring 578 degrees. WSC students were asked to submit images to be used in a celebratory photo gallery. Students who received their degrees included 401 undergraduates and 177 graduate students of the college’s Master of Science in Education, Master of Organizational Management, Master of Business Administration and Education Specialist programs.
Dr. Rames said the college has worked extremely hard to continue to stay in communication with their students.
“From the beginning through surveys to talk about what they had (and) what they needed to go remotely,” said Dr. Rames. “Be as flexible as we could with courses, we have a mentor program that’s monitored them throughout the semester and been there to assist them when it’s a wide variety of things that have popped up.”
Students were also surveyed about a virtual graduation and the feedback that came back led to a photo gallery.
Five northeast Nebraska area grads were asked to address graduates via the wsc.edu website for the spring commencement. They were Nicolle Edwards from Homer, Cory Frewing from Norfolk, Maddie Knobbe from West Point, Alexandra Linder from Oakland and Morgan Sudbeck from Hartington.
President Rames invites all who haven’t had a chance to listen to them, to do so.
“They really are heart-felt and talk about this time in their lives,” Dr. Rames added. “That this too will pass and that they’ll come through it and continue to be able to use their degree and make a difference.”
Find the complete details under the wsc.edu website. Only at the direction of the CDC and health officials Wayne State College is aiming at a late summer graduation ceremony. Students would also be welcomed in walking at the next scheduled graduation ceremony in December of 2020.
WSC is also planning their New Student Registration, virtually, where students will still sign-up and join in the different experiences. NSR is a program for new students who are ready to enroll in classes beginning Fall 2020.
“They will have the opportunity to still meet with faculty through this virtual experience and get registered for classes,” Dr. Rames mentioned. “So, they’ll still receive that advice. They’ll still receive general information about the institution.”
More information will then be found under the ‘Learning Management System’, Canvas. The Admissions office has been working with the Information Technology unit along with other faculty and staff to create this opportunity for students and their families.
Summer courses have also been moved to a remote-delivery system and college officials are putting together plans to be able to deliver face-to-face courses this Fall.
“We’re working appropriately with getting good information from health providers on what that might look like,” said Dr. Rames. “We certainly are watching what’s happening nationally from other institutions on how they’re putting together plans. We’re starting to put that all together so that families have a clear understanding of what it would look like in the Fall.”
Hear the complete interview with Dr. Rames by selecting the ‘Podcasts’ tab on waynedailynews.com under the ‘Community’ drop down.