Wilkes Community College will host a walk-through graduation ceremony to celebrate 2020 graduates on Aug. 6 from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Aug. 7 from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
The ceremony will be held at the John A. Walker Community Center on WCC’s upper campus in Wilkesboro.
Graduates who previously completed a graduation application and indicated they would attend the traditional ceremony must now register for a timeslot to participate in the walk-through ceremony: at https://go.oncehub.com/WCCGraduation, a WCC spokesman said.
The deadline to register for the walk-through ceremony is Aug. 3. A maximum of five graduates may register for each 15-minute time slot. All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any graduate or guest needing disability accommodations should contact Cindy Core at 336-838-6137 by Aug. 3.
Due to North Carolina’s COVID-19 Phase 2 limitations on the number of people who can gather indoors, each graduate may bring two guests. All graduates and guests should park in the Daniel Hall parking lot (across from the Walker Center). Graduates and guests must first go to the lobby of the Walker Center to have their temperatures checked. Everyone must wear a mask or facial covering and must observe appropriate social distancing.
After check-in, graduates and their guests will be allowed to enter the Walker Center to line up. Guests must enter the Walker Center with their graduate. Once a graduate enters the auditorium he or she will proceed to the right side of the stage and their guests will stand in a designated section within the audience/seating area.
As a graduate goes across the stage, his or her name and degree/diploma/certificate information will be announced and the graduate will be presented with a degree cover by Dr. Jeff Cox, WCC’s president.
A representative from Photo Specialties will take a photo of graduates as they are presented their degree cover by Cox, the spokesman said, noting that a mask/facial covering must be worn at this point. As they prepare to exit the left side of the stage, mask/facial covering may be temporarily removed. A compilation video will be created to share with families and friends. Graduates will be notified when the video is available.
For more information on commencement ceremonies, visit the graduation page on WCC’s website at www.wilkescc.edu/graduation.