KVCC to hold virual ceremony, CMCC waiting until fall

AUGUSTA – Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield is among Maine’s community colleges that are planning innovative and creative online graduation ceremonies over the next several weeks, in response to limits on large in-person events during the traditional graduation season.
KVCC will hold its ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, streamed on the college website (www.kvcc.me.edu) at 10 a.m. The commencement speaker is U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine 2nd District and serves on the Small Business Committee and the Armed Services Committee.
Central Maine Community College, in Auburn, is planning an in-person commencement ceremony in the fall. If that is not possible, a commencement video is planned.
“Coronavirus has brought the entire world to its knees, but it did not keep you from this virtual stage,” Maine Community College System President David Daigler told the graduates at Northern Maine Community College’s virtual graduation May 2. “You’ve learned the important power of persistence.”
Several colleges are also inviting the graduates to come back for a second, in-person, ceremony when limits on large gatherings are lifted.
Daigler praised the entire Class of 2020 for their accomplishments. “I offer deep and heartfelt congratulations to each of you for all you’ve done and all you’ve accomplished to reach this momentous occasion,” Daigler said. “Like you, I wish we could gather in person, but I am glad we have found a way to celebrate this occasion.”