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Spring 2021 Graduation Plan
On-Campus Ceremony May 8, 2021
Due to the continuing COVID-19 environment, the Administration has made the decision to
hold 2021 Graduation Ceremonies according to the COVID-19 Personalized Plan that was held
this past August for our 2020 graduates. The decision was made now, in order to give graduates a clear picture of the format and have time to plan accordingly and invite guests.
We had great feedback from those who participated in August who enjoyed the personal focus
that was given to the graduate. This format also allows a total of 24 guests to be physically
present and watch their graduate receive their diploma cover. Below is an outline and actions steps for you to take.
You will also be assigned a Graduation Appointment Coordinator who will contact you and give you your personal graduation time. As well as be your personal contact until the day of the ceremony.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 8th.
Plan for both Ceremonies
There will be two ceremonies, graduates will attend based on appointment time. Each
ceremony will last approximately two-hours. Half of the graduates will graduate in the morning
(9:00-11:00), and the other half will graduate in the afternoon (1:00-3:00). The first six
graduates in each ceremony will arrive 15-30 minutes before the start of graduation. The rest of
the graduates will arrive at their appointment times. The target time in the Auditorium is 3
minutes for each graduate. The target time in the holding rooms is 15 minutes or less.
Prior to graduation, an appointment coordinator will call each graduate and ask the following
- What mobile phone number can we use to text you when it’s time for you to come inside the Cooper Complex for graduation?
- How many family and friends (24 maximum) will attend the ceremony with you?
- Can you please email a picture of yourself for us to use in the graduation ceremony?
Questions to be answered during the appointment call:
- The process as it applies to you and your family.
- Item Checklist: cap, gown, masks
- Confirm your graduation appointment time.
- Arrival & Parking instructions.
Process for each ceremony:
You and your family will be greeted by a Graduation Appointment
Coordinator at the west entrance (the one closest to the Library) of the Cooper Complex
The appointment coordinator will check you in by completing the following steps:
- Taking your name and the number in your party that you originally verified on the call.
- Verify your phone number.
- Direct you to park between the Mabee Student Services/Story
- The Chief Marshall will be notified of your arrival and you will be directed where to
meet your usher.
Once you receive a text message to enter the Cooper Complex
- You and your family will be greeted by the usher on the west entrance to the Cooper Complex.
- The usher will give everyone in your party a graduation program.
- Hand a name card to you.
- Provide masks as needed to anyone who needs one.
- Lead you and your group to the holding room.
The Chief Marshall will notify the holding room usher that you are on your way. The holding
room usher will greet you and your family. Each holding room will have your picture on the
screen congratulating you! Pictures can be taken while you wait.
When it is your time, you will be directed to the Burgess Auditorium. (Each holding room will be
disinfected after each party leaves to prepare it for the next group.)
You and your family will be greeted by Dr. McAllister, and he will take your name card and
practice pronouncing your name and lead the group into the Auditorium.
The same campus COVID-19 mask requirement will be in effect for Graduation. In Summary, masks should be worn when 6 ft. distancing from others is not possible. For more details, visit cbc.edu/covid.
Hand sanitizer will be available for you and President Kimbrow to prevent contamination when you shake hands and receive the diploma cover. You may ask the President for a picture without your mask and your diploma on stage.
You will be allowed 24 guests. These guests will be seated on the front row of the Auditorium.
Faculty will be seated in the auditorium with social distancing in mind to support you during
your graduation time.
A cleaning crew will clean the auditorium seats after each mini ceremony for your protection.
After receiving your diploma cover from the President, you will have your professional
graduation photo taken, then you and your family will be ushered to the Watkins Academic
Building parking where you will take the Senior Walk to the Bell Tower for a photo opportunity
with your family.
After photos are taken, you and your and family will be directed back to your vehicles in the
parking lot. This will complete the graduation ceremony.
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