December 2020 Columbus Technical College celebrated its students with a unique graduation ceremony on December 15 at the Columbus Civic Center. Out of an abundance of caution, there were be many COVID restrictions in place including no guests inside, a limited number of graduates participating in person with social distancing measures, temperature checks, and the mandatory wearing of masks.

Students who successfully completed their studies in the spring, summer, or fall of 2020 were invited to participate in the special commencement.

“We greatly regretted the inconvenience and late changes,” said Columbus Tech President Martha Ann Todd. “But the health and safety of our students and their loved ones came first.”

Columbus Technical College President Martha Ann Todd

To make sure as many loved ones could witness the ceremony as possible, Columbus Tech provided a link to a live feed. Guests of graduates who already had tickets stayed in their vehicles in the Civic Center parking lot, watching the ceremony on a big screen.

Graduates filled the floor of the Columbus Civic Center, donning masks and staying six feet apart from one another.
Instead of walking across a stage, graduates stood and were recognized for their achievements.

To keep the number of attendees within the number allowed according to COVID-related health and safety guidelines, students registered their desire to participate in person in advance of the ceremony.

A video recap of the commencement, including a complete listing of the graduates, can be found below. Congratulations to all!

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