Washtenaw Community College to have first in-person commencement since 2019

Students toss their graduation caps into the air. (Pexels)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Washtenaw Community College will give almost 2,000 degrees to graduates during its first in-person commencement ceremony in three years on Saturday.

The Ann Arbor community college has not held the event in person since the start of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are proud of our graduates and congratulate them on their perseverance and remarkable achievements during times of uncertainty. Their agility and resiliency matched with their exceptional WCC education will pave pathways to success. We are pleased to be able to return to an in-person commencement to honor their hard work,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca in a release.

Starting at 9:20 a.m., 1,413 associate degrees and 479 certificates will be given to graduates at Eastern Michigan University’s George Gervin GameAbove Center, formerly the EMU Convocation Center, in Ypsilanti.

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko will receive an honorary degree in recognition of his support of the Washtenaw Community College mission and student body. In a release, WCC officials attributed economic growth and competitiveness within the surrounding area to Ann Arbor SPARK.

Honors graduate Caelan Saunders, who plans to attend Eastern Michigan University, will deliver a student message, according to the release.

The ceremony will be streamed on the WCC YouTube channel for those unable to attend in person.

In addition to the Saturday ceremony, an in-person Honors Convocation will be held on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the EMU Center for students with high grade point averages.

The George Gervin GameAbove Center is at 799 N. Hewitt Rd., Ypsilanti.

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