PORT ANGELES, Washington (August 18, 2020) - Peninsula College has moved its August 22 commencement ceremony online due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Clallam County, particularly in the 19-29 age group. The drive-up event that was to take place on campus Saturday was scrapped in favor of a socially distant alternative.
Clallam County has reported 21 new cases of Covid-19 since Saturday bringing the total to 167, putting the county in the state’s High Risk category, with 93 cases per 100,000 population in a two-week period.
“This is a disappointing turn of events, but we feel we need to be leaders in this difficult time, and to encourage folks to do what’s necessary to get this pandemic under better control,” PC President Dr. Luke Robins said. “Celebrating our students at commencement is hands-down the highlight of our year at PC. As much as we were looking forward to a modified drive-up ceremony, graduates’ safety and that of families and staff is paramount, so we’ve made the decision to err on the side of abundant caution.”
The virtual ceremony taking place August 22 at 1:00 pm will celebrate students’ hard work and perseverance, and feature students and speakers as well as photos and videos. PC will live stream the ceremonies. The event will fete students who completed a certificate and/or degree in Fall 2019, and Winter, Spring or Summer 2020.
Diplomas will be mailed to students following the ceremony. 2020 graduates are also invited to walk at the in-person ceremony in 2021, conditions permitting.
Peninsula College encourages graduates and their families to follow safety guidelines for celebrations that may be currently planned for the weekend, and attend the online event from the safety of their homes at https://www.nwacsportsnetwork.com/peninsula/.
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