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SCCC congratulates the class of 2020 with ‘celebration boxes’

Suffolk County Community College is making sure students are recognized despite the cancellation of the commencement ceremony 

Graduating students of Suffolk County Community College will not be having graduation ceremonies this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic  

And while SCCC will not be conducting a virtual ceremony like some other colleges, it does plan to distribute a “SUNY Suffolk celebration box” to graduating students, acccording to email from the school. The box will include, “a congratulatory letter, the Suffolk County Community College alumni pin and decal, as well as a commemorative gift.”

“It’s an appreciated gesture, especially with all the stress we went through this semester,” said 21-year-old computer science major, Elijuwon Mitchell, of Mastic.  

“That’s really cool,” said Gio Hernandez, 21, of Shirley, who is studying architect technology. “Something’s better than nothing, so it’s nice that after years of work students can get something from the school as an award since they’re not getting the experience of walking across the stage.” 

Liberal Arts major Thomas Piña, 19, of Centereach, was overjoyed. “I think it’s great! During this time especially, it’s nice that my hard work is getting recognized and now I’m able to look forward to something else.”  

According to the school’s email, SCCC is in the process of creating an online frame for students to use and interact with on social media. They are also producing a video along with a collection of photos that can be viewed on a site for the 2020 graduation once completed. This website will also feature a scrolling list of the graduates’ names.   

“I think Suffolk did a very good job at communicating with students during this unusual time,” added Piña.  

The current crisis has taken a toll on many individuals and their families around the world. While most students understand that not having a commencement ceremony is for the safety of others and not the most severe repercussion given the conditions, graduating is a milestone that deserves to be celebrated with or without a ceremony.  

“Ultimately, I never imagined that my journey at SCCC would end like this,” Piña says, “but it goes to show that anything can happen life.” 

Suffolk to host 2 graduation ceremonies in response to student complaints

Following complaints from the Student Government Association on the Eastern Campus campus, changes are coming to Suffolk County Community College’s commencement celebration this year. The complaints centered on the number of tickets given and transportation to and from the event.

In response, the college will most notably host two commencement ceremonies on May 23. Commencement exercises will take place at 10  a.m. and alternately at 4 p.m., according to a notice sent to the campus community.

The ceremonies will take place in the Field House of the Health, Sports and Education Center, which is located on the Grant campus in Brentwood.

To address the issue of transportation to the campus, SCCC is providing yellow buses that students and family may reserve seats on for a fee to take to and from the Eastern or Ammerman campuses.

With the addition of another commencement, students will be able to receive up to four tickets, as opposed to the two they could receive in previous years. The ticketing system has adjusted to the new circumstances and students may be able to select their preferred time slot, according to the school’s website. 

Attending the SCCC commencement ceremony is important

Suffolk is a commuter school, so students often come and go quickly, leaving many events held by the school with low attendance. 

There is an event, however, that many students skip that they should not: commencement. 

Many students will just brush off their graduation from SCCC because, well, it’s just Suffolk. But it’s not just Suffolk.

Graduating from Suffolk is an accomplishment that should be recognized and celebrated. While an associate’s degree for many is is a toward the eventual goal of bachelor’s, master’s or even doctoral degrees, for many others the associate’s degree they earn at Suffolk helps them get into the field their choice. 

For people like myself, Suffolk was a jumping off point. Out of high school, I never would have been accepted to the colleges that I had the option of choosing for next fall. My grades simply weren’t up to par, and my work ethic was nowhere near what it needed to be to be successful in a college classroom.

And I know that I am not alone in that situation. Many students who come to Suffolk are able to go to schools they never thought they’d be able to attend after their time at Suffolk. That’s the biggest reason I believe that attending SCCC commencement is so important.

Don’t brush off graduation from Suffolk on May 24 in the Field House of the Health, Sports and Education Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. Put on the funny hat, sit in the crowd and hear your name, listen to your name be called for accomplishing something great.