Mendocino College graduates enjoyed a free dinner and virtual commencement ceremony this year.
In April, a survey was sent to all graduating students to gather input about how best to celebrate their accomplishments this year. The response from the majority of students was that they preferred a virtual ceremony.
“This past year has forever changed our world. Despite all the adversities, our graduates exemplified the resiliency the world needs,” said Mendocino College Superintendent/President Tim Karas. “Our graduates are strong and will make the world a better place for everyone. We are very proud of our graduates! They will forever be an alumnus of Mendocino College and part of our family.”
Thanks to the Mendocino College Foundation, students were gifted a $50 dinner voucher to be used at a select group of participating local restaurants throughout the district. This allowed students to celebrate the actual day of graduation with a meal at home with their families while at the same time supporting local restaurants. There will also be a listing of all 2021 graduates in a special magazine published by the Ukiah Daily Journal that will be circulated in both Lake and Mendocino Counties.
Amy Adams, who received two AS degrees, one in Business Management and the other in Business Accounting says, “although I was sad not to be able to walk the stage for my very first time, I felt the college did their best to celebrate my accomplishments, even in the midst of a pandemic. To top it off, they provided a graduation dinner in partnership with various local vendors. I chose Taqueria Bravo in Willits, which was delicious and the manager was so sweet and congratulated me on my graduation.”
According to Mendocino College Foundation Board President Tom Dow, “the Foundation is honored to provide financial support towards this year’s commencement activities. Now more than ever, it’s important that we sufficiently honor and recognize our 2021 Mendocino College Graduates.”
Mendocino College hopes to have a traditional in person commencement ceremony next year and will invite all 2020 and 2021 graduates to participate if they wish. To view the recording of the 2021 virtual commencement ceremony visit: https://youtu.be/rxIb27unbio