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McHenry County College to Recognize Spring 2020 Graduates in Virtual Commencement Ceremony

[Thursday, May 14, 2020]

McHenry County College (MCC) will recognize more than 500 graduates at its Spring 2020 virtual commencement ceremony, which will be made available on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m.

Those who wish to view the pre-recorded virtual ceremony can do so at

Of this spring's group of graduates, more than 150 earned honors or high honors with a GPA of 3.50 or greater. The students represent nearly 30 different degrees and more than 20 certificates, with Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Basic Nursing Assistant Certificate, and Illinois General Education Core Curriculum Credentials producing the most graduates. Nearly 100 students are also members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society focused on providing opportunities for leadership, community service, and scholarships.

This marks a different kind of ceremony for the College, which has been conducting classes in an online-only format since the end of March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When it appeared that the stay-at-home order might be extended through May, MCC administrators began planning a way to recognize the significant accomplishments of this semester's graduates in a different way.

"Although we'd certainly prefer to celebrate in person, we wanted to make sure that we honored the dedication and hard work these students have consistently displayed during their time at MCC," said Dr. Chris Gray, vice president of academic affairs and workforce development. "These past few weeks haven't been easy, but our students have risen to the challenge and remained flexible, resilient, and committed to finishing the semester strong."

"These students should be extremely proud of themselves," said MCC President Dr. Clint Gabbard. "They are committed to achieving their goals and have truly invested in who they want to become. They've shown us all, especially during this challenging time, just how much they are capable of—and I know they'll continue to do great things as they pursue their next steps."

The ceremony will include remarks from Dr. Gabbard, several student testimonials, an alumni address from 1989 MCC graduate and City of McHenry chief administrative officer Derik Morefield, and the presentation of degrees and certificates.

All Spring 2020 graduates are also invited to walk in the December 2020 commencement ceremony.

 For more information about the virtual commencement ceremony, contact Linda Christopher at or (815) 479-7547.

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