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SCC’s virtual commencement ceremony


Spring Semester graduates of Southeast Community College celebrated their accomplishments in a virtual ceremony. Because of COVID-19, SCC canceled the original commencement ceremony on May 6, scheduled to be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

“I encourage the graduates to see this unusual time of adversity as an opportunity to exercise resiliency,” said SCC President Dr. Paul Illich. “While it is unfortunate that students missed out on the typical graduation ceremonies, parties and other celebratory activities, they did not miss out on the tremendous skills, knowledge, friendships, and mentor relationships with faculty and staff that they obtained while at SCC.”

Speakers of the virtual ceremony include Dr. Illich, as well as State Sen. Julie Slama. Slama is originally from Peru, Nebraska, and graduated from Auburn High School in 2014. She is a graduate of Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Upon taking office in 2019, she became the youngest female senator in Nebraska history.

“In the midst of unprecedented times, you have completed a sterling milestone in your education,” Slama said. “The skills you’ve gained through your time at SCC will give you an advantage over the competition and will better prepare you for the ‘new normal’ in workplaces of the future. Congratulations on your achievement!”

SCC graduated more than 500 students this term. Students were invited to submit their photos, and their names were announced by their program directors. The link for the ceremony can be found at https://youtu.be/abdm93qo_V0


Andrea Gallagher
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