The virtual commencement will be held on Friday,
May 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via an online streaming broadcast.
Virtual commencement will recognize graduates and include remarks by
President Keith Cornille, Board of Trustees Chair Gregg Chadwick,
and a student speaker. Graduating Heartland students will also have
an opportunity to submit photos for inclusion in the virtual
ceremony. Students who had planned to participate in the traditional
Heartland commencement ceremony will receive a “commencement box” in
the mail including items such as a mortar board, tassel, and printed
commencement program. The College will also support local businesses
by purchasing celebratory items for the boxes.
“The disruption created by COVID-19 has been felt across our College
community. But it should not stop us from recognizing the
achievement of our Heartland graduates,” said President Keith
Cornille. “Commencement ceremonies mark the culmination of all the
hard work students have put toward finding their path to success.
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"We want to properly celebrate that commitment and
give students and their families the moment of recognition they
rightly deserve. This spring’s commencement will, hopefully, be
unique. But the spirit of celebration is fully matched to mark the
accomplishments of these students.”
Special recognition for groups such as Phi Theta
Kappa, HALO, and Adult Education will be included in the virtual
ceremony, and the Distinguished Alumni Award will be announced.
Heartland 2020 graduates are also invited to participate in next
year’s traditional commencement experience alongside the class of
Students who have completed their application for graduation will
receive additional information about these alternative commencement
plans via email. Details on how students, friends and family can
view the virtual ceremony will be posted at www.heartland.edu in
Director, Public Information
Heartland Community College]