Pittsfield, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold its 60th Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 29 via broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) at 4:30 p.m. During the ceremony, the College will award associate degrees and certificates to over 200 students.
BCC’s 2020 graduates have been impacted, along with all graduates this spring across the globe, by the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, institutions are finding ways to celebrate and honor their graduates – and BCC has decided to honor its graduates twice. The virtual commencement will be broadcast on PCTV, on the PCTV Select app available on Roku and Apple TV, and on Facebook Live through PCTV. The broadcast will be simulcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television and Community Television for the Southern Berkshires.
The 2020 graduates will also be honored and invited to participate in the 2021 commencement ceremony on June 4, 2021 at Tanglewood in Lenox.
In a letter to all graduates, President Ellen Kennedy wrote: “We know this is not what any of us anticipated celebrating the 60th Commencement of Berkshire Community College. Each of us wants to make this event meaningful, and though we would prefer to be physically together, our goal is to ensure that you are recognized and honored with pride and joy by our entire community on Commencement day. We promise to make this special for you, and look forward to celebrating you both virtually on May 29, and physically next year.”
Graduates were asked to upload their photo which will be shown live on television when their name is read during the commencement program. There will also be remarks from the President, from the College’s Valedictorian, the Provost, and the National Anthem will be sung by a Monica Bliss, a BCC student.
The Commencement program will be shared with all graduates the day before the ceremony and also mailed to their homes as a keepsake. Diplomas will still be delivered to students via mail.
For more commencement details visit www.berkshirecc.edu/commencement. Social media users are invited to be a part of the conversation by using #MyBCCGrads.
About Berkshire Community College
Berkshire Community College (BCC) is a public, fully accredited, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as various other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Visit BCC online at www.berkshirecc.edu.