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Shasta College successfully hosted its 70th Annual Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in a virtual, online format. The college received 1,738 total applications for diplomas for 1156 graduates (unduplicated headcount) with 9 Bachelor of Science degree applications and 528 applications for certificates. For the 2020 Commencement year, Shasta College also proudly recognizes 411 graduates with honors (3.5 GPA or higher) and 93 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK- National Honor Society) graduates. As a point of reference, in 2019, Shasta College had 1,424 degree applications, 342 graduates with honors, and 53 PTK graduates. In 2018 Shasta College had 1,234 degree applications, 354 graduates with honors, and 73 PTK graduates.
The virtual commencement ceremony was featured on the Shasta College website at shastacollege.edu/graduation2020 and was viewable as a YouTube Premiere event that went “live” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Due to the number of graduates, it was necessary to break the ceremony up into four feeds, grouped by last names, all viewable at the same time. At one count, there were over 500 unique logins to the 4 YouTube feeds. The commencement opened with a recorded address from Superintendent/President Dr. Joe Wyse, followed by videos from the Shasta College Student Senate, Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District Board of Trustee President Kendall S. Pierson, and an address from the Excellent Educator of the Year Cathy Anderson. Each graduate received a title slide with their name and degree awarded—a total of 178 graduates sent in videos or photos/quotes that were featured throughout the ceremony.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the required suspension of large group gatherings, Shasta College sent graduates a mortarboard and tassel in commemoration of their accomplishment. Over the summer, graduates will also receive a printed commencement booklet, 70th-year pin, and diploma holder all in a specially designed and printed keepsake box. Any 2020 graduate who wishes to walk in the 2021 ceremony will welcome to do so.