Spring 2020 Virtual Celebration FAQ

 Due to COVID-19 and based on current recommendations from global public health organizations, orders from the state government, and to protect the health of our community, the College had to transition from a traditional (in-person) ceremony to a virtual (online) celebration. Commencement is an important tradition here at MVCC, and while this news may be disappointing for many, we 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.

The virtual celebration link will be published on the College homepage and will also be shared on the College’s social media sites on Friday, May 29, at 4 p.m. With that said, please note that this is not a “live” event, so you and your family and friends will be able to watch and celebrate at your own pace and at the time you so choose. Each student’s personal recognition video will be available to download and to share on social media. The link will be viewable for 13 months.

The celebration will include all spring and summer 2020 candidates, who were eligible to graduate as of 5/1/20. You do not need to RSVP for the virtual celebration, but please follow the steps outlined at www.mvcc.edu/graduate.

The College is partnering with a company called StageClip that specializes in these kinds of virtual celebrations and their motto is “Share life’s big moments.” The virtual celebration will include formal remarks by President VanWagoner and Board of Trustees Chair Camille Kahler, some very special guests, and, most importantly, sharable presentations honoring each graduate. Each graduate will be receiving an email directly from StageClip and will be able to personalize their virtual celebration slide. The personalization will include the ability to create and upload a message or quote (“I did it!”), a photo, and a 10-second Snapchat video using a special filter while wearing a virtual cap and gown with MVCC colors. We expect these videos to be fun and exciting, but be sure to use common sense and dress appropriately, as StageClip will be monitoring all photos and videos. And since this is not a “live” event, you will be able to scroll through to find your clip or simply use the search option to go directly to your clip or to search for fellow classmates. Each student’s personal recognition video will be available to share on social media and download. The link will be viewable for 13 months. 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 are striving to make it meaningful, memorable, and sharable. Learn more about StageClip.

No, there is no need to order graduation regalia. The virtual celebration will include the ability to upload a 10-second Snapchat video using a special filter while wearing a virtual cap and gown with MVCC colors, of course. The College is also working with an additional vendor and will be mailing out special one-of-a-kind graduation keepsakes, including a cap, tassel, and diploma cover, to the graduates.

Yes, the College recognizes and shares the interest of students who wish to commemorate in a more traditional way and we are committed to providing the opportunity to invite the Class of 2020 to participate in our Fall Graduation ceremony in December, if public health guidelines allow at that time. During the Fall semester, the College will reconnect with the Class of 2020 and will collect RSVPs from those who would like participate.

Diplomas will be mailed within six to eight weeks after the celebration.

The College does its best to ensure that our videos are accessible for all and this is no different. All formal remarks will include captioning.