Nash Community College held a graduation ceremony Oct. 17 on the college campus.
Nearly 100 graduates wearing caps, gowns and masks lined up for a ceremonial grand processional through campus before exiting the vehicle at the main event.
One by one, and with safety a priority, they were greeted outdoors by NCC officials while family and friends looked on from a car.
“Due to the pandemic, we had to make the very difficult decision to postpone our graduation ceremony in May,” NCC President Lew Hunnicutt said. “We made the promise to hold the event once we could do so safely and legally. Although we provided an outdoor event with lots of bells and whistles, we understand it is not what students worked very hard for in completing their programs. Every Nighthawk graduating class deserves a grand ceremony complete with a large crowd of family and friends. Unfortunately, the pandemic precludes our regular graduation activities. However, what the pandemic can not take away is our extreme pride in every Nighthawk graduate.”
Approximately 450 Adult High School and Curriculum degree and diploma graduates were eligible to participate in the event which was streamed live by Studio 67, the college’s on-campus broadcasting and production technology studio. A separate ceremony is planned for later this year to honor certificate completers.
“What a journey you, and we, have been on to get to this point,” Hunnicutt told graduates. “Your perseverance inspires me. You completed your coursework during a worldwide pandemic that continues to this day. Please always keep that in mind when you look back over this major accomplishment. Your class, the class of 2020, is the largest graduating class in Nash Community College’s history. That is something else to be very proud of.”
“You are now, and forever will be a Nash Nighthawk, and we take great pride in that. I wish each of you the very best of luck and much success as you enter the next phase of your life’s journey. I offer my thanks to you for allowing Nash Community College to be a part of your life.”
Graduates will receive a commemorative photo and video from the ceremony.