Dear Class of 2020 Graduate,
You worked so hard and diligently to achieve your education goals. COVID-19 restrictions are preventing us from holding Mesa Community College’s graduation ceremony early in May, as is tradition. But we will celebrate! Thank you for your patience as my team and I have continued to research how best to honor this milestone with you! We’ve been gathering input from around our college and especially from student leadership teams. Here are our plans for Graduation 2020.
- A special in-person ceremony will be held December 2020. We’re still determining the specific date and location. Once those details are finalized, we’ll share the information with you via email and on our website at mesacc.edu/graduation.
- I want to hear from you! As many colleges and universities are doing, we are considering a virtual ceremony and other ways to celebrate our graduates this spring within the COVID-19 limitations. I’d like input from a large, diverse group of students on this topic. Please share your thoughts by completing a brief poll by Friday, April 24.
- Refunds are automatically being processed for those who paid the $25 fee to participate in the May 8, 2020 in-person ceremony as well as any other fees you may have paid for extra diploma covers, tassels, etc. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the delayed ceremony, we are unable to distribute caps and gowns as we traditionally have. If you are interested in purchasing regalia and having it shipped to your home, please visit mesacc.edu/graduation, where an online site through our vendor will be available in the next 2-3 days. Because of high demand for cap/gowns the vendor won't be able to ship until June.
- Diplomas for your earned degree and certificate will be mailed to your address on record. We’re processing applications for degrees and certificates as we normally would, which means that degrees and certificates for Spring 2020 graduates will be mailed to their address of record this summer once spring grades have been processed and the college has confirmed that all requirements have been met. All financial obligations to MCC must be cleared before we can release your degree and/or certificate and transcripts. Log in to my.maricopa.edu to update your address and check for any messages posted in your Student Center.
On a final note, I know none of us could have envisioned a semester in the midst of a pandemic. While you struggle with this strange “normal” and worry about others, I urge you to take pride and strength in all you have accomplished at MCC.
We are in this together, and I am so proud of you.
Together, we are Thunderbird Strong!
Lori M. Berquam, Ph.D.