HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Community College has announced plans for its 2021 Commencement with the class of 2020 and 2021 on June 5.

Holyoke Community College will host the 75th anniversary commencement on the college’s website as well as on their Facebook page.

“Unlike the 2020 celebration, the 2021 ceremony will include traditional Commencement moments with an emphasis on the elements our students told us matter most to them,” said President Christina Royal. Those elements include having student orators from both classes, and keynote speeches delivered by the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the Elaine Marieb Chair for Teaching Excellence, HCC’s  highest faculty award. 

“We will also have a virtual procession and the traditional reading of names of graduates from both classes along with photographs submitted by members of each class,” Royal said. 

The Vice President of Institutional Advancement at HCC said that the administration wants to focus on the mental health of students.

“So we’re really excited about the chance to be able to meet more of students needs, and really helped them over come the various barriers to their academic success,” said Amanda Sbriscia.

In addition to the virtual commencement in June, HCC will invite graduates to campus in May to pick up their cap and gown.

Holyoke Community College is preparing for the return of in-person learning for the fall semester that begins on September 7 with a maximum of 10 students per classroom. HCC will continue to offer online classes.