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NECC Celebrates the Classes of 2020 and 2021!

Held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, Northern Essex Community College’s 59th Commencement Ceremony was celebrated differently due to the pandemic.

Rather than have one large graduation for all graduates, the college scheduled five socially distanced ceremonies, organized by academic center. And 2020 graduates were included, since their graduation was virtual last year.

Over 1,300 graduates from 2020 and 2021 were recognized and associate degrees and certificates from over 70 academic programs were awarded. Everyone was masked and there was 3 feet between graduates and 6 feet between guests, following state guidelines.

President Lane Glenn addressed each ceremony and there was a student speaker for each. Awards that are traditionally presented during commencement were spread out over the five ceremonies.

“When we were planning this year’s graduation, it was very important to us that every graduate be given the opportunity to cross the commencement platform and receive their diploma and their well-deserved spotlight,” said Glenn in his remarks. “Earning a certificate or degree is always something to celebrate, but even more so this year and last year when there were so many obstacles placed in your way as a result of COVID-19.”

For links to the student speeches, a gallery of photos, and a full list of all awards that were presented, visit the newsroom.

Here’s a full list of 2020/2021 graduates.

Next year’s commencement—the college’s 60th—will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, so mark your calendars now. We will be updating this site with details closer to the day so keep checking in!

Watch a Message from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to the Graduating Class

Click the thumbnail below to watch a message from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to the Northern Essex Community College graduating Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.


Watch the Commencement Ceremonies On-Demand

Our thanks to HC Media for live streaming this year’s ceremonies, and for offering on-demand video replays of each ceremony. To watch a ceremony on your smartphone, tablet, or PC, please click the thumbnail below. Note, you will be redirected to HC Media’s website where you will be able to select your desired video.


2021 Commencement Photos

Enjoy this small window into this year’s festivities, and congratulations again to all of the 2020/2021 graduates – your grit and determination inspires us all!

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