Galveston College officials have announced that the 2021 Commencement Ceremony, set for Friday, May 14, will be conducted virtually.
“With the increasing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and decreasing numbers of cases, there is good reason to be hopeful that we’re turning the corner on the pandemic in Galveston and our region. However, it does not appear that conditions in May will allow for the traditional large, in-person commencement ceremony,” said Andrea Wiste, assistant director of admissions and records and coordinator of the commencement ceremony.
“We share your disappointment in once again having to cancel an in-person ceremony. We are working to make the best of an ever-changing situation, and we promise to make this year’s virtual ceremony an event to remember.”
The virtual ceremony will launch at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14, and will include a brief program and a slideshow featuring individual graduates. A link will be made available to graduates, their family members and friends, and the general public.
Graduating students will receive an email and/or text from Galveston College with specific instructions on where to send a photo and message for their individual graduate slides. Graduating students should make sure the Admissions department has their most recent cell phone number.
If graduates purchase a cap and gown, they should wear them in their photos. The college will be announcing graduation photo opportunity dates for students to come to the campus to have their photos made in their caps and gowns for the slide show if they so desire.
Additional information will be available in the next few weeks.