Grand Rapids Community College is changing its commencement plans to provide students with a safe, in-person experience while responding to the recent increases in COVID-19 cases.
The college is proceeding with plans to hold four in-person commencements, but attendance will be limited to graduating students with no graduate-invited guests attending the ceremonies. Family members will be able to watch the events virtually on GRCC’s YouTube channel.
School of Arts and Sciences ceremonies are planned for 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, April 30. School of Workforce Development ceremonies are planned for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.
“We’re making these changes out of an abundance of caution, along with other careful planning for an in-person commencement celebration experience for our students,” said Associate Provost Tina Hoxie, dean of Student Affairs. “Commencement is a special moment in the lives of our students. Streaming the events live will allow students to share this milestone with friends, family and other supporters since it is not possible for them to attend in person.”
Spreading out commencement over four ceremonies and two days will allow graduates to attend the event in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse while socially distancing and following strict health and safety protocols.
GRCC continues to work with state and local authorities and monitor local conditions. GRCC might need to make additional adjustments to the commencement plan to ensure safety.
Additional details will be posted at grcc.edu/commencement