June 19, 2020: Spring/Summer 2020 Commencement
I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting details about Spring/Summer Commencement. I am pleased to report that, as of now, we plan to host an in-person commencement ceremony on Friday, July 31.
Preliminary details are outlined below. However, given that there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding COVID-19, our plans are subject to change. Any changes to commencement will be communicated via email and posted on the commencement webpage.
Date: Friday, July 31, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. (please plan to arrive no later than 8 a.m.)
Location: William A. Floyd Amphitheater at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center
3027 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard (formerly Mall Road)
Anderson, SC 29625
Each graduate is permitted to bring up to four guests. The ceremony will be live streamed so that those who are unable to attend can watch safely from their home. Live stream details will be shared closer to the event date.
The ceremony will take place outdoors, so students and guests are encouraged to dress accordingly. Water and fans will be made available to graduates and guests.
Health and Safety
The health and safety guidelines we have implemented on campus will extend to commencement. For example, students will be seated six feet apart from one another on the grassy area in front of the stage, and guests will be seated along the perimeter in groups of four with six feet of distance between each group. Face coverings are strongly encouraged and will be provided to graduates and guests.
Because it would be difficult to line hundreds of students up while maintaining six feet of distance between each person, we will not have a typical procession. Instead, graduates will be asked to sit in the section assigned to their division. (If you are unsure which division you are in, click here.) Graduates will, however, have an opportunity to walk across the stage and have their photo taken when their name is called.
Because we have changed venues, new graduation invitations and announcements are being printed and will be available in the Campus Store.
More information about commencement will be shared in the coming weeks.
Whether you choose to attend commencement in-person or virtually, I hope you feel a great sense of pride in earning your degree and joining the ranks of TCTC alumni. I applaud the tenacity, hard work and dedication you have shown during your time at TCTC, especially during your final semesters as you adjusted to the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. You have much to be proud of.
In your service,
Galen DeHay, PhD