Amid COVID-19, NMC’s Class of 2020 is 600-strong

TRAVERSE CITY — Despite an unprecedented worldwide health crisis that disrupted nearly all aspects of daily life, about 600 students will graduate in Northwestern Michigan College's Class of 2020.

They have earned degrees and certificates including the Associate in Nursing, Associate in Science and Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in General Studies and Certificate of Practical Nursing, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Maritime Technology and Marine Technology.

Commencement was scheduled for Saturday, May 2, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, a ceremony has been postponed either until August or a double ceremony in May 2021.

 Face-to-face classes were cancelled March 13 and students finished the semester by learning remotely.

NMC President Nick Nissley praised both students and college faculty and staff for their rapid pivot. Face-to-face classes and all student services, including advising, financial aid and personal counseling were transitioned to remote operation over the course of about a week. 

“I’ve seen our NMC community overcome challenges we couldn’t have imagined three months ago,” Nissley said. “While we have to postpone the traditional pomp and circumstance of a commencement ceremony this spring, the accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff are even more worthy of recognition.” 

From students who chose to remain safe in North Hall to Maritime cadets aboard the training ship State of Michigan to students working on the front lines in the region’s health care facilities, perseverance and commitment to long-term goals was abundant this semester.

Students who complete degree requirements in the fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters are considered members of the Class of 2020. A list of graduates is available online here.

Summer sessions begin May 9 and June 12. All summer classes will also be held online. NMC is still considering options for fall class delivery, prioritizing student and employee safety while limiting the disruption to learning as much as possible. 

Release date: APRIL 29, 2020

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019 


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