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Big Bend Community College celebrates with drive-thru ceremony

by CHERYL SCHWEIZER
Staff Writer | June 25, 2021 1:00 AM

MOSES LAKE — After a year when classes were online, Big Bend Community College graduates received their diplomas in person June 18.

Commencement was a drive-thru affair on the BBCC campus (7662 Chanute St. NE), due to restrictions in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Students still wore their caps and gowns, and many of them decorated their caps, just like they would for graduation in a non-pandemic year.

Professors and BBCC staff lined the parade route on campus as graduates drove through. Some graduates decorated their car, and family members carried signs congratulating them. Family and friends had a spot to gather and cheer on their graduates.

The BBCC class of 2021 included 441 graduates, with about 150 picking up their diplomas at the drive-thru.

BBCC President Sara Thompson Tweedy handed out diplomas. In a prerecorded speech, Thompson Tweedy said BBCC faculty and staff find no greater satisfaction in their work than recognizing students at graduation.

The graduates not only fulfilled their own hopes for college, but those of family and friends that supported them, she said.

“You make us proud. And we are all the more proud because you accomplished this success in the face of great adversity,” she said.

Graduates couldn’t get together in person for commencement, she said, but they should celebrate their accomplishments, regardless.

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Big Bend Community College President Sara Thompson Tweedy (right) hands out diplomas to two proud BBCC graduates during drive-thru commencement ceremonies June 18.