The details graduates need to know: Commencement 2021!
Posted: March 30, 2021
One of the most important aspects for a college graduate and their family is to have the opportunity to hear the graduate’s name called, along with the certificate or degree being awarded, while crossing the stage to receive a diploma cover. Recognizing this, Spoon River College is pleased to announce that our 2021 commencement will include a virtual ceremony as well as an in-person, individual stage walk opportunity for our graduates. Information regarding both celebrations is as follows:
Virtual Ceremony: May 14 (photos due April 26)
All graduates will be included in the virtual ceremony. For those who would like to personalize their information, a photo may be submitted by email. Graduates can choose to wear everyday clothing, dressy attire, or a traditional cap, gown, and tassel in the photo. A video will be created using the photos along with each graduate’s degree and/or certification information. Photos should be submitted by April 26 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The virtual ceremony will be available on the Spoon River College YouTube page on Friday, May 14 at 6:00 pm.
Stage Walk Opportunity: May 11
Individual stage walks will be held on Tuesday, May 11 at the Multi-Purpose Building on the Canton campus. Graduates have been assigned a block of time to participate based on degree type. You should have received an email with your specific time to arrive. If you did not receive that email or have questions, please contact Student Services.
- Graduates may arrive any time during their assigned time period, but MUST arrive within that 30 minute block of time.
- Stage walk will include the graduate’s name being read as they cross the stage to receive their diploma cover (diplomas are printed and mailed 4-6 weeks following the end of the semester).
- Graduates will be provided tickets for two guests, and tickets must be presented for entry.
- Guests are welcome to take photos of their graduate.
- Face masks must be worn by graduates and their guests entering the Multi-Purpose Building, but graduates will be permitted to remove their mask prior to walking across the stage.
Cap and Gown Information
Caps and gowns have been ordered and are scheduled to arrive from Jostens the week of April 12. Please continue to monitor your SRC email for information regarding cap and gown pick-up dates.
We look forward to celebrating your achievement with you on May 11!
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Be a part of our virtual commencement ceremony!
Posted: March 18, 2021
Spoon River College is making plans to present a virtual ceremony for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 graduates.
Additionally, the college will survey graduating students to gauge interest in a walk-through ceremony involving many of the traditional elements of a Spoon River College commencement. The walk-through ceremony would likely be scheduled during the week of May 10th and would be offered in a way to ensure graduates are divided into different time frames, eliminating large numbers of people gathering in one room together. The goal would be to give our graduates the opportunity to walk across a stage wearing their caps and gowns, be handed their diploma covers, and receive well-deserved recognition with family members present.
“Current state regulations limit gatherings to 50 people,” said Curt Oldfield, President of Spoon River College. “Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict factors such as infection and vaccination rates, to meet the metrics needed to reach Governor Pritzker’s Bridge to Phase 5, or complete the metrics to move into Phase 5. With all this in mind, we have chosen to host a virtual ceremony.”
In order to participate in the virtual ceremony, graduates may submit a photo by email. They can choose to wear everyday clothing, dressy attire, or a traditional cap, gown, and tassel in the photo. A video will be created using the photos along with each graduate’s degree and/or certification information. Photos should be submitted by April 26 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The virtual ceremony will be available on the Spoon River College YouTube page on Friday, May 14 at 6:00 pm.
“As we’ve seen over the past year, uncertainty is one of the challenges caused by COVID-19,” said Oldfield. “We know our graduates would like to know the format of commencement early so they have as much time as possible to plan with their families.”
Additional information and updates will be posted on this webpage. Questions? Send an email to