BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Community College plans to celebrate two graduating classes this spring with a drive-thru commencement ceremony May 13.
The event will allow graduates of the Class of 2021 and 2020 – whose traditional in-person commencement last year was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic – a chance to receive a diploma in-person while still following safety protocols, according to a news release Friday.
“Cruisin’ Commencement” participants will drive through the college’s parking lot at the North Avenue campus in Battle Creek to the crest of Circle Drive, where they’ll receive their ceremonial diploma tube and faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees will greet them to celebrate their achievement.
“While not the traditional in-person ceremony our Bruin graduates are used to, ‘Crusin’ Commencement’ will give our students a chance to receive the recognition they deserve from the KCC community and cap their educational accomplishments at KCC with the pomp and circumstance due for their amazing achivements,” KCC President Adrien Bennings said, “which are particularly impressive given the obstacles they’ve overcome this past year. We look forward to celebrating our graduates again this spring and literally driving home the fact that once you’re a Bruin, you’re always a Bruin.”