The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to change the way we live, learn, and celebrate. Based on current recommendations from global public health organizations, orders from the state government, and to protect the health of our community, we are moving this year’s Spring Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, December 17, at the Jorgensen Athletic/Event Center, to a virtual celebration that will be broadcast online on the same day and time, Thursday, December 17, at 4 p.m. Please continue reading for details and options. You can also visit the December 2020 Virtual Celebration FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for further information.

Members of the MVCC Class of 2020 and their friends and families are invited to gather together online as we recognize them and celebrate their achievements. The streamed event will feature formal remarks and presentations honoring each graduate. While this will not be the same as our traditional ceremony, we are committed to finding the best way possible to recognize our graduates, and will strive to make it meaningful, memorable, and sharable.

We also recognize and share the interest of students who wish to commemorate in a more traditional way and are committed to providing the opportunity to invite the Class of 2020 to participate in our Spring Commencement ceremony in May 2021, if public health guidelines allow at that time. 

Commencement is an important tradition here at MVCC, and while this news may be disappointing for many, I want our graduates and their families to know that we are excited to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments. We are proud of all of our graduates, their families, and everyone who has contributed to their success, including our faculty and staff, who have continuously demonstrated a devotion to our vision to transform lives through learning. We are grateful for all they have done to help us move forward.

More details about the virtual celebration will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. Questions on specifics may be emailed to

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to celebrating with you!

Randall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D.
Mohawk Valley Community College