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Harford Community College Spring 2021 Commencement Walk Through Experience

Date: May 03 - May 06, 2021
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Commencement 2021

The College President, Board of Trustees, and employees of Harford Community College invite you to participate in our annual Commencement ceremony which occurs each May.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony will be held virtually for everyone to watch on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Prior to the ceremony date, we are offering graduates the opportunity to walk across the stage in the APGFCU Arena and receive their scroll from Dr. Felder. Each graduate will be allowed four guests to join them in the celebration and footage will be included in the virtual ceremony.

PARTICIPATION

Graduates have two options to participate in Commencement 2021.

OPTION 1 | Graduates may sign up to cross the stage at an assigned time May 3–6. Graduates who choose to walk will be allowed to have 4 guests join them as they celebrate their accomplishments. All attendees will maintain social distanced while walking through various stations of celebration. Information on how and when to schedule walk times will be available soon.

Photography and footage from the scheduled stage crossings will be included in the virtual commencement ceremony that will debut online Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6 PM.

OPTION 2 | Graduates who do not wish to walk may submit a photograph wearing your cap and gown. The photo must be received prior to May 7 to be included in the pre-produced virtual commencement ceremony.

RSVP

Those wishing to participate in either of the options above should reserve a cap and gown when they RSVP.
RSVP now open, click here.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Be a part of Harford's Commencement Story!

Share photos, success stories, and videos telling how you’re counting down to commencement and be sure to tag those who have helped you get here so they can send their congratulations.
Post and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @harfordcc | #harfordgrad

Harford is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the Commencement ceremony. For disability-related accommodations, contact 443.412.2402 or disabilitysupport@harford.edu by April 19.

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Congratulations!

We are very excited to have you and your guests at the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College for the Sixty-Third Annual Commencement In-Person Celebration. Thank you for reserving your date and time. Please review the following information about your In-Person Celebration appointment.

When you RSVP’d, you were asked to provide your height and other information that was used to order your cap and gown, which the College purchases for you.

Because you are attending the In-Person Celebration, your cap and gown will be available at your appointment time at the APGFCU Arena and will be pressed and ready for you to wear. There will be a preparation area in the Arena with mirrors. If you would like to make special arrangements to pick up your cap and gown ahead of your reservation date, please contact Commencement Tri-Chairs Stacy Rutherford, srutherford@harford.edu; Samantha Saunders-Consroe, ssaundersconsroe@harford.edu; or Dr. Griselda Flores, grflores@harford.edu.

Some students have asked what the recommended attire is for graduates for the In-Person Celebration. We recommend that graduates dress semi-casual or semi-formal. The gowns are royal blue.

Know Before You Go:

We ask that you and your guests arrive approximately 10 minutes prior to your reservation start time. Each person attending will need to complete the questionnaire (see link below) within 24 hours of your reservation time. Upon arrival, each individual will be asked for their confirmation number, which is provided when completing the health screening questionnaire. Then, you will be provided a wristband to be worn during your visit.

• The Health Screening Questionnaire is located here: https://hccweb1.harford.edu/COVID/ScreeningForm

• For additional information about our screening process, please go to https://www.harford.edu/about-harford/coming-to-campus/coronavirus/

Attendees will then head to the Arena floor, where stations will be located out on the floor for graduates and their guests to walk through leading up to the stage area. Stations include our traditional Commencement rose sale for guests to purchase a rose(s) for their graduate, a station to pick up the cap and gown, followed by an area on the floor to put on the cap and gown. Mirrors will be available.

In the stage area, which will be a low stage and ramped on both sides, graduates will walk across the stage while their guests watch from seats on the floor. We will have a designated area on the floor for families to take pictures when their graduate crosses the stage. Graduates will be handed a scroll by HCC's President, Dr. Felder. As the graduate crosses the stage, technical staff will be recording. For Class of 2021 graduates, this footage may be used during the Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 27.

After crossing the stage, there will be a station where a College photographer will take a portrait of each graduate in their cap and gown. This is the only designated area where it will be permitted for the graduate to remove his/her mask. For 2021 graduates, this photo will be used in the Virtual Ceremony and will be uploaded to a site for the graduate as a special gift from the College this year. Information will be available during your visit as to where graduates can get their digital portrait.

The portrait station is followed by other photo stations for families to snap their own pictures. Families will also have the opportunity to share their congratulations at a selfie recording station. Graduates can also record a short selfie video. Then don’t forget to tag us with #HarfordGrad and post on your social media the week of May 26 – May 30!

Additional stations will be offered to surprise the graduates with some treats from HCC's Alumni Office and Dining Services. This will conclude the in-person portion of this year’s Commencement.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Commencement Tri-Chairs Griselda Flores, grflores@harford.edu, Stacy Rutherford, srutherford@harford.edu; and Samantha Saunders Consroe, ssaundersconsroe@harford.edu.

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