Graduation Is Going Virtual

Chloe Garkey, Staff Writer

In the unprecedented time that we are living in currently, IVCC students, faculty, and staff are learning to roll with the punches. Covid-19 is causing graduation ceremonies to be postponed or canceled all throughout Illinois. In lieu of a traditional commencement ceremony, IVCC will be holding a virtual ceremony for their graduating students.

Mark Grzybowski the Vice President for Student Services stated, “most aspects of the ceremony like student speeches, Commencement Speaker addresses, and the FW Matthiessen Award will be repackaged and delivered remotely via the IVCC website.”

Graduation will still be held on May 16th. To view the ceremony a specific link will be delivered closer to the ceremony date. Students and family members will be able to view the videoed ceremony on demand.

The offices of academic affairs and student services are asking students to send in a picture of themselves wearing their cap and gown while holding the IVCC diploma upon receiving the items in the mail.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Deborah Anderson, will read students’ names as an IVCC graduate during the ceremony and simultaneously a graphic will appear on the screen with the students picture and name.

IVCC students and family members can contact student_ser[email protected] or (815) 224-0361 to have any questions answered.

This second semester has had its ups and downs and although the virtual graduation ceremony is not ideal, the IV Leader staff is extremely proud of the 2020 graduating class. Congratulations to all and best of luck in the future!