Celebrating safely: GRCC honoring Class of 2021 with in-person commencement, with four sessions over two days

President Pink standing at a podium.

Walking across the stage in a cap and gown is a celebration of years of work for Grand Rapids Community College students. The college this year is preserving that tradition by making changes to keep graduates and their families safe during the pandemic.

GRCC plans indoor, in-person ceremonies to celebrate the Class of 2021, spreading them out over two days and limiting the number of guests at each event to adhere to pandemic safety protocols.

Plans call for hosting four commencements, with students graduating from the School of Arts and Sciences during two ceremonies April 30, and graduates from the School of Workforce Development honored during two ceremonies May 1.

Students also have the option of participating virtually, and all four ceremonies will be live-streamed.

“Every commencement is a celebration, and this one even more so, as students have faced the challenges of a pandemic and emerged stronger,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “We want to pay tribute to their determination, rejoice in their success, and recognize the faculty, staff, family and friends who supported our graduates and encouraged them to move forward.”

Spreading commencement out over four ceremonies and two days will allow graduates and a limited number of guests to attend the event in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse while socially distancing and following additional health and safety protocols. GRCC continues to work with county health authorities and to monitor state and federal recommendations.

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March still has more to give!

Monday March 15 ~ Data Security

Wednesday March 17 ~ GRCC Reimbursement Policy

Thursday March 18 ~ Active Shooter Response Training *In Person/On Campus

Friday March 19 ~ Mindfulness Made Simple AND Google Tips & Tricks

Wednesday March 24 ~ Workplace Excellence

Thursday March 25 ~ Evidence Based Selection Process AND 25Live Searches & Reports

Friday March 26 ~ Mindfulness for Parents/Caregivers

Tuesday March 30 ~ Strengths Finder

Register ONLINE — remember the professional development registration process has changed and you will now go through your Online Center account.

Data Security – learning opportunity

Don’t leave your Data Security practices up to luck! Join us for our next Data Security Learning Opportunity!

When? March 15, 2021 @ 2 p.m.

Where? Google Meet – You’ll be sent the Google Calendar invite once you sign up!

Why? Further expand your knowledge on the importance of personal (and work) Data Security!

How? Log into the Online Center –> Navigate to Professional Development and register for the Data Security session Only 8 seats left!

Session Topics include:

·  COVID-19’s Impact on Cybersecurity

·  SMS Phishing/Smishing

·  Apps/Extensions/Add-Ons

·  Brief Review on Securely Working from Home

·  Gmail Security

IT Notification – Blackboard scheduled maintenance March 12 from 2 AM – 6 AM

Blackboard will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance on Friday March 12th, 2021 between the hours of 2 AM and 6 AM. Please plan accordingly and do not leave work unfinished during this window of time. Staff, Faculty, and Students will be notified of this temporary maintenance.

Thank you for your understanding,
GRCC Information Technology

Perceptive Content (ImageNow) upgrade Thursday, March 18

Information Technology will be upgrading Perceptive Content (ImageNow) Thursday, March 18. 

The upgrade will take place from 6 PM until midnight. During this time Perceptive Content will be unavailable. This includes the submission and viewing of Leave of Absence Forms. Notifications of timesheet submissions may be delayed. 

Keep a look out for an email that will provide additional information on this upgrade beginning next week.