YVC Announces “A Celebration of Our Graduates”

Crowd-Sourced Live-Streamed Event will Replace Traditional Commencement Ceremony

Yakima, WA – With the COVID-19 public health crisis forcing the cancellation of many community events, Yakima Valley College is taking an innovative approach to celebrating commencement this spring. Rather than an in-person ceremony, YVC will host an online, live-streamed event, titled “A Celebration of our Graduates” on the college’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

All expected graduates will be invited to submit a six-second video clip, shot “selfie-style.” Students will announce their name and degree, then give thanks to those who helped them succeed. These hundreds of brief videos will be edited together and unveiled during a “watch party” graduates can safely enjoy at home with family at 7:00 pm, June 19, 2020, the original date of YVC’s commencement ceremony.

Expected graduates will be invited to submit their video messages between May 1-21, 2020, with more details to come at: https://www.yvcc.edu/registration/commencement/

YVC on Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YakimaValleyCollege
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yakimavalleycollege/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/YakimaValleyCC

For more information, please contact Community Relations at communityrelations@yvcc.edu.

MEDIA NOTE: Video b-roll of YVC’s 2019 Commencement is available. Please contact Jay Frank (info above).

Press Release Contacts:
Jay Frank / 509.574.6870 / jfrank@yvcc.edu
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 / smenard@yvcc.edu