HARRISBURG – Southeastern Illinois College announced recently that 2021 graduation ceremonies on May 8 will be livestreamed due to COVID-19-related concerns.
According to a release, family and friends will be cheering from the college parking lot or from home and commenting on the live ceremony during the livestreamed event on YouTube.
With the ceremonies livestreamed, SIC will create Wi-Fi capacity in its north parking lot so that family and guests can stream the ceremony on their devices from their cars.
“This decision has not been made lightly,” said Executive Dean of Student Services, Dr. Chad Flannery. “We want our students to have the graduation experience, but we want to make sure we do so in as safe a manner as possible. And livestreaming the event will allow family members that may live some distance away to experience the ceremonies in real time, as well.”
Officials said two separate ceremonies will be held. The first is at 10 a.m. for baccalaureate Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, with the second at 1 p.m. for Nursing, Career & Technical Education, Associate of Applied Science degrees, and certificates.
Students eligible to walk for graduation are those who finished their degree or certificate in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, or those who will finish in Summer 2021.
Terry Severson, Hoosier Fire Management Officer, will be the keynote speaker for both ceremonies. Severson is the 2021 SIC Distinguished Alumnus.
To watch the livestreamed event, visit www.youtube.com/c/SoutheasternIllinois. The video will remain on YouTube for later viewing, as well. For more information about commencement, call (618) 252-5400 ext. 2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.