BCC to Hold Virtual Commencement Ceremony

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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) plans to hold its 61st Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 4, via virtual broadcast.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still posing challenges to holding large gatherings, Tanglewood — the annual host of BCC's commencement ceremony — has made the difficult decision to not host certain gatherings at this time that may create a safety risk, including graduation ceremonies.
"The College understands and respects Tanglewood's decision, and we agree that we should continue to err on the side of caution with in-person gatherings," said Celia Norcross, Dean of Students. "We look forward to continuing this partnership in future years."
Like last year, the College will honor graduating students with a live broadcast that highlights their names, photos, degrees earned, and recorded remarks from various members of the College community.
The time and station to be announced at a later date.
The College plans to host in-person recognition events for graduates when the opportunity for in-person gatherings may occur more safely. Students who graduated in 2020 and 2021 will be invited to attend.
For more information about the commencement, email cnorcoss@berkshirecc.edu or visit www.berkshirecc.edu/commencement.

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