CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – This weekend local colleges are holding commencement ceremonies, some being virtual, while others are still in-person.
After a semester of both in-person classes and remote learning, the Elms College class of 2021 finally got to put on that cap and gown and get their diploma. This was the college’s 90th commencement ceremony, which was held at Keating Quad.
“We are truly excited to bring our students back to have an in-person commencement. So it is wonderful. Our students worked really hard to be able to walk across this stage and get their diploma,” Elms College President Harry E. Dumay said.
The college followed the Massachusetts COVID-19 safety standards for commencement and graduation ceremonies, including face coverings and social distancing. Large led screens were used for people watching from their cars and audio was provided via the radio.
Despite the ceremony being different than previous years, students were glad they were still able to get their diploma in person..and with their class.
“Just being able to share this moment…in a way that i think is different and highlights how we can come together…i think it shows community and when you put the effort in you can get there,” class Valedictorian, Shaughnessy Docekal said.
This year’s commencement speaker was Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat, who delivered her address remotely.
Hampden country sheriff Nicholas Cocchi and Cynthia Lyons, chair of the elms college board of trustees were both awarded the honorary degree.