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UPDATED WITH LIVESTREAM INFO: SCC's drive-through graduation is Aug. 8

Aug 7 2020
A young woman in a graduation gown wears a mask

Brianna Buchanan of Sylva is one of more than 400 SCC students who recently completed requirements for graduation. Southwestern will hold a drive-through commencement ceremony on Aug. 8

Southwestern Community College will hold a drive-through commencement ceremony for spring and summer 2020 graduates on Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Jackson Campus.
The ceremony will run from 10 a.m.-noon following a traffic pattern leading up to the front of the Balsam Center for diploma cover presentations.

The event will be livestreamed online and may be accessed beginning at 10 a.m. at

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, family attendance will be limited to passengers in the graduate’s vehicle.

More information for graduates is available here
“The global health crisis has limited our options, but we wanted to find some way to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC President. “We took a survey of our graduates, and a majority chose the drive-through ceremony. Our leadership team is working through the details to make sure the event flows as seamlessly as possible. We’re just glad we can provide this experience for our graduates.”
In addition to the drive-through ceremony, this year’s spring and summer graduates will still have the opportunity to participate in a future traditional ceremony.
Graduates are receiving regular updates regarding logistics and arrival times through the college’s official notification system in the days leading up to the graduation ceremony.
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