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Big Bend to not hold traditional commencement instead to hold virtual commencement due to COVID-19

- Moses Lake North, WA

Big Bend Community College announced that the college will be holding a virtual commencement instead of the traditional in person commencement that usually takes place at Lio’s Field in downtown M.L.

The college has partnered with a company called Marching Order to bring the commencement to a virtual form June 12th, 2020. The ceremony will use pre-recorded videos of speakers and a unique slide created with a photo and message submitted by each graduate.

Big Bend will provide each graduate with a diploma cover, cap and tassel, honor cord and commencement program at no charge. The college will also pay to ship these items only to graduates who reside outside of Grant and Adams counties. For those living in Grant and Adams counties, Big Bend will schedule delivery sites in communities throughout Grant and Adams counties or provide curbside pick-up at the college.

Big Bend and Big Bend ASB will provide a celebration bag, which includes the diploma cover and a gift, to each graduate. Graduates in Grant and Adams counties can obtain their celebration bags the week after commencement via curbside pick-up at the college. We will mail at no cost celebration bags to those graduates who want one and live outside of Grant and Adams counties.

In a letter sent from Big Bend president Leas it states the following,

“Our 2020 Commencement will be historic because of these changes, and I hope you find them an enhancement compared with commencements done in the old style. Unfortunately, we cannot depend on the lifting of social-distancing restrictions to allow a traditional commencement ceremony to take place. We do not want to plan for a traditional ceremony only to learn at the last minute that we cannot hold it, which would be disruptive and disappointing to all of us.”
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