Aims Community College will host a virtual commencement ceremony for this year’s graduates in response to health and safety issues surrounding COVID-19. The virtual ceremony will live stream on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. Updates, including streaming details, will be added to the Aims Community College Commencement webpage in the coming weeks.
Aims’ virtual commencement ceremony will feature formal remarks from Dr. Leah Bornstein, CEO/President of Aims Community College, Mr. Ned Chapin, President of Aims Community College Foundation, Mr. Chris Warren, President of Aims Community College Student Government, and Ms. Phoenix Ventura, student keynote speaker, who is earning her Associate of Science and transferring to the Colorado School of Mines in fall 2020. Mr. Lyle Achzinger, Chairman of the Aims Community College Board of Trustees, will confer degrees and certificates and Aims Community College student, Holly Stough, will sing the national anthem. Participating graduates will have their names read aloud and will have an opportunity to upload a photo and personal note to accompany their personalized digital slide. All participating graduates will also receive a graduation package from the College, including a graduation cap and gown, diploma cover, commemorative program, and a special alumni gift.
The decision to move to a virtual commencement ceremony was a difficult one for Aims Community College Leadership. President Bornstein remarked, “We recognize the huge impact walking across the stage has for students and their families. For many, this is one of the most important moments in their lives to date. We are committed to moving forward and celebrating our students' achievements in real time, especially when so many other critical parts of their lives have been postponed to an unknown future date.”
As an Aims community, we are supportive of a virtual commencement ceremony rather than postponing or canceling the event. Nelson Rodriguez, Executive Director of Student Activities, Inclusion, and Leadership and coordinator of commencement at Aims, shared, “As we navigate these unprecedented times, it is critical we remain committed to recognizing and honoring the success of our graduates. We are so proud of our students for all they have accomplished and we are excited to celebrate this special moment as a community.”
Aims Community College students and community members are encouraged to view the live stream and celebrate the success of our students’ achievements.