Although there won’t be an in-person graduation ceremony this month due to COVID-19 safety measures, Kilgore College is recognizing – through social media and on the college’s digital sign – 554 students who are candidates for spring graduation.
Of the 554 graduation candidates, 601 degrees and certificates are set to be awarded.
Graduation candidates’ names will be scrolled on the college’s digital sign on Highway 259 on the Kilgore campus from May 15-17, along with submitted photos of graduates.
“The graduation experience is very important to our students, and we want to do everything we can to appropriately celebrate our graduates,” said Chris Gore, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success.
Plans are still being evaluated for ceremonies to occur later this summer to honor the spring graduates.
“Hopefully, the situation will improve to the point where we can have a safe, in-person graduation later this summer so our spring graduates can walk the stage to receive the recognition they have worked so hard to earn,” Gore said.
Gore said the delay in holding a graduation ceremony would not affect a graduate’s ability to enter the workforce or move on to another school to continue their education.
“Once the semester ends, students who have completed the coursework will have access to their transcript which they can use in lieu of a diploma to demonstrate completion of their degree or certificate,” Gore said.