Columbia College-NS Everett/Marysville director discusses virtual commencement in The Herald

From, published on Dec. 23, 2011:

Virtual commencement offers alternative for Columbia College Marysville campus
By Kristi O’Harran

Director Tom Larsen with Columbia College in Everett and Marysville said many students are not able to attend their graduation ceremony because they may be on deployment or traveling for work.

"Columbia has created a way that they can attend a graduation ceremony," Larsen said. "Not the same as participating in a real graduation ceremony, but at least they know that CC recognizes their accomplishment."

They offer a virtual commencement with speeches and videos. Their names are read as if they attended the actual ceremony.

Loved ones may post notes of congratulations for any student they wish, and students can share their successes via social media.

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