Friday afternoon, Grand Rapids Community College announced that they are targeting Saturday, Aug. 1, as the new date to celebrate its 103rd Commencement.
The event was originally scheduled for today, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 crisis.
GRCC President Bill Pink said the exact form of the event is to be determined, and the campus will continue to work closely with state local health authorities regarding social distancing recommendations and restrictions on large gatherings.
Pink recorded a video sent to all graduating students this week, congratulating them on their achievement, especially during this time of unprecedented challenges with academics and at home.
“Even though this ceremony won’t happen in May, it will happen -- and I promise you’ll get the recognition you deserve,” Pink told graduates.“You will have your moment in the sun this year. It will just be a little delayed. But nothing should prevent you from celebrating now as well. Making it through GRCC made you stronger, smarter and wiser. Making it through this era in our history gives you special powers. You and your family and classmates will see the world differently than any graduates we have had before, and that perspective gives you an advantage.”
The Aug. 1 date was selected with input from students through a survey.