Eastern Florida State to Hold Virtual and Drive-Through Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 17
By Eastern Florida State College // December 8, 2020
1,200 students eligible to receive their diplomas
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College will hold a Virtual Commencement Ceremony for Fall Term graduates on Dec. 17 that will include special Drive-Through Celebrations on all four campuses.
The plan is in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the college’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of students, employees, and the public.
Nearly 1,200 students will be eligible to receive their diplomas.
“These students have shown amazing resiliency and an unwavering commitment to their futures by completing their education and not letting the virus stop them,” said Eastern Florida President Dr. Jim Richey.
I’m extremely proud of them as they mark this important milestone in their lives.”
The virtual ceremony will feature taped remarks from Richey, faculty, and staff, and include the names of all graduates, including Summer graduates because they were eligible to take part in the Dec. 17 commencement.
The taped ceremony will be posted at noon, Dec. 17 on the college’s website at easternflorida.edu/go/efscgrad, plus featured on @easternflorida social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. It will also air at noon on WEFS-TV, with a television replay at 6 p.m. that day.
The drive-through events on the Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and Palm Bay campuses will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Large congratulatory banners will be in place to serve as backdrops for student and family pictures and videos.
Students will also receive a diploma cover and celebratory yard sign.
Facial covering and social distancing requirements must be followed while on campus and college officials will be on-site to direct traffic. Due to the COVID-19 safety protocols, students must bring their own devices for photos plus come prepared to take their own photos.
A Spring 2020 graduate receives a diploma cover during a May event on the Melbourne campus. The Dec. 17 drive-through celebrations will be held on all four EFSC campuses from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Students who graduated in the Summer Term can also participate along with Spring Term graduates who may have missed a similar drive-through experience on the Melbourne campus in May that attracted hundreds of students, families, and friends.
The College’s Bookstores are offering caps, gowns, and tassels for students who would like to take photos wearing graduation regalia.
The bookstores will be offering a selection of items for sale at the drive-through celebrations and items are in on-campus stores now.
Visit the website at easternflorida.edu/go/bookstore for more information and store hours.
Students who are enrolled in EFSC’s Honors Program and are slated to graduate with their Honors designation or Honors Affiliate status for the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 terms can pick up their honors certificates, tassels and medallion during the Dec. 17 drive-through event on their home campus.
Honors Program graduates unable to attend should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
White tassels for students who are graduating with a 3.5 or higher grade point average also will be available at the drive-through events.
Visit easternflorida.edu/go/efscgrad for graphics and other resources to help graduates celebrate online with family and friends. Graduates should post pictures and videos with the hashtag #efscgrad to have them included in EFSC’s virtual social wall.