May 1, 2020
To All Expected 2020 YVC Graduates:
Starting this morning, and lasting through May 21, Yakima Valley College is proud to welcome the submission of your videos for YVC’s 2020 “A Celebration of Our Graduates.” As I shared a few weeks ago, this year, instead of a physical ceremony, YVC is creating a crowd-sourced, live-streamed video celebration 7 pm Friday, June 19.
Please let me repeat, transitioning to a virtual celebration was not an easy decision, and I know this decision has been a disappointment to many of you. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our graduates, their families, and our entire community.
Some of you have inquired about the possibility of joining in future commencements. Unfortunately, this will not be possible. YVC’s ceremonies nearly fill the Yakima Valley SunDome to capacity. The arena is simply not large enough to accommodate a ceremony with multiple graduate classes.
Our live-stream event will give you the chance to celebrate safely with your families and to celebrate in your own unique style. You won’t walk across a stage, but you’ll have your moment “in the spotlight,” celebrating your achievement and giving thanks to those who helped you along the way.
Please note this video tribute will be ceremonial, and not an official declaration of graduation. Graduates are receiving diplomas and certificates in a separate process.
Here’s how the video submission process will work:
- Submit, via the link below, a brief (six to ten second) video clip, shot “selfie-style” on your cell phone. Be sure to announce your name and program of study at the beginning of the video.
- There is an option on the submission form for students who would rather simply submit a photograph.
Please review the guidelines below prior to submission:
- Have fun! This is a celebration.
- Videos should be between 6 and 10 seconds long. Videos over ten seconds in length will not be accepted.
- Start your video by announcing your name and field of study. For example, start by saying “Carlos Perales, Transfer Degree,” or “Melissa Williams, Business Management.”
- Use your cell phone in “selfie” mode, so that you are visible in the video.
- Be sure to shoot them in “Airplane” mode so you will have no interruptions.
- Hold the phone horizontally, so that the video image is wider than it is tall.
- Only one graduate per video. Dual or group videos will not be accepted. (You may have other people, or pets, appear with you, but only one graduate should be represented, announced in each video.)
- Cap and gown are not required. But feel free to wear celebratory regalia appropriate for your video message.
- Please, no foul or inappropriate language. The college reserves the right to refuse videos on these grounds.
- Please, no obscene or inappropriate imagery. The college reserves the right to refuse videos on these grounds.
- Submit your video by 11:59 pm, May 21.
Thank you for being a part of what will be a unique and memorable celebration. You will find the link to submit your video on the commencement page:
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College