RANDOLPH, NJ – Since County College of Morris (CCM) is not able to hold an in-person commencement ceremony this year, the college will provide the Class of 2020 with a virtual celebration June 12, at 7 p.m. on YouTube.
This year’s commencement was originally scheduled for May 22, but with the college’s move to a remote teaching and learning environment and the extension of the spring semester, the date was moved to June. More than 1,200 students will receive degrees or certificates this year.
The video will be available on the CCM Class of 2020 website at www.ccm.edu/graduation.
Rev. Dr. Sidney S. Williams, Jr., an impact investor and practical theologian with more than 30 years experience in corporate and community development, will serve as the keynote speaker. Prior to becoming a minister, he worked on Wall Street where he developed a successful track record for managing the research, analysis and development of sustainable business models for new products and services; participated in over $10 billion in public equity and debt offerings, acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and intellectual property licensing and worked for first-tier investment banks.
Williams has pastored churches in Cape Town, South Africa and trained pastors and served as a missionary on three continents. He currently serves as the senior pastor of Bethel Church of Morristown and has guided the development of the Spring Street Community Development Corporation to improve the quality of life for Morris County families.
The commencement ceremony will be led by Faculty Grand Marshal Laura Gabrielsen and will feature remarks from President Anthony Iacono, who will highlight several outstanding graduates from the Class of 2020.
Also providing remarks will be Morris County Freeholder Director Deborah Smith and a member of the CCM Board of Trustees. Serving as the speaker from the Class of 2020 will be Emma Mendoza, president of the Student Government Association during Academic Year 2019-20, who was named to the 2020 Phi Theta Kappa New Jersey All-State Academic Team for her academic excellence.
In addition, the 2020 Peace Prize (www.ccm.edu/peace-prize/) will be presented by Professor Laura Driver. A listing of the names of graduates also will be provided, along with the conferral of degrees and certificates and video tributes for each of the academic schools.
To mark the celebration, CCM has developed a lawn sign families can have printed to recognize the accomplishments of their graduate, noting that the Class of 2020 is “Virtually the Greatest Class of All Time.” That can be downloaded at www.ccm.edu/graduation/.
Also on the website are Zoom backgrounds of the campus that graduates, their families and friends can use for virtual celebrations. In addition, the college is asking graduates to post photos on its Instagram account, www.instagram.com/ccm_nj, using the hashtag #CCMGrad2020.
The YouTube Class of 2020 video will remain available for viewing following the premier airing on June 12.