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Our May Graduation Commencement Ceremony is the highlight of our year, attracting 3,000 people, including our graduates and their families and friends, and our faculty and staff, for a joyous celebration under a big white tent on our Haverhill Campus.
It’s no surprise that we had rethink graduation this year, due to the pandemic.
While this is a major disappointment for all of us, especially the 600 members of the class of 2020, we have done our best to plan a virtual celebration that will honor our graduates and their many accomplishments in the way they deserve, without jeopardizing their safety.
Here’s What We Have Planned
A Celebration Package for Each Grad
We are creating celebration packages that will include each graduate’s diploma plus special gifts. The celebration packages will be distributed on the Haverhill Campus on June 15 (rain date, June 16), and all graduates will receive an email. We will practice social distancing (drive up and pop your trunk) but if you’d prefer to receive your package by mail, that will be an option, too. While picking up your package, you can also pick up a free NECC Class of 2020 yard sign.
Virtual Ceremony on Saturday, August 8
Working with our friends from HC Media, we are planning a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 8 at 11 am. This event will include many of the traditional elements. Also, each graduate will be invited to submit a photo that will be displayed as part of the virtual ceremony along with their diploma.
Social Media Campaign With Prizes
We have a special hashtag, #NECC2020, that we encourage you to use to share your commencement photos on social media as you celebrate your graduation with your family and friends. And we’ll be awarding Northern Essex gift baskets for the most creative photos and video shared.
Chance to Walk Next Year
We know that what’s planned this year won’t replace the experience of walking across the commencement platform and receiving your diploma, which is why next year’s commencement ceremony will celebrate both the classes of 2020 and 2021. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11 am on the Haverhill Campus.
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