CCC Commencement, Nurse Pinning ceremonies go virtual

Date: Tuesday, 28th April 2020

Coconino Community College Provost Dr. Nate Southerland will join staff, faculty and students for a virtual Commencement ceremony, available on the CCC homepage May 15.



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Coconino Community College Commencement and Nurse Pinning ceremonies will be offered "virtually" this year.


The events were canceled based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services in order to minimize the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak. Nevertheless, CCC President Dr. Colleen A. Smith wanted to offer the graduating students recognition with a "virtual" ceremony.


"We will also send out a 'Graduation in a Box' to all students that will include the program, their tassel, a newly designed alumni pin and several other items to help them remember their time at CCC," Smith said in a message to the CCC community.


The theme for this year's virtual commencement is "We Are All in this Together." Along with Dr. Smith, several of the college administration staff will introduce faculty and student speakers. CCC District Governing Board Chair Patricia Garcia will be virtually present on behalf of the Board to confer degrees and certificates.


The Commencement virtual ceremony will be available on the CCC homepage on Friday, May 15, beginning at 2 p.m., at Dr. Smith added that any student wishing to do so would be most welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony next year.



This year, CCC's newest crop of 26 Nursing students will be taking the Nightingale Pledge of service at home.


The Nurse Pinning event will be held virtually this year, with a visiting guest speaker as well as students offering answers, via video, to questions the Nursing faculty believes are important to the profession. The students will also receive a customized box that will contain the program, their Nursing pin and a Learning Lamp, which is traditionally lit during the ceremony while the students recite the Nightingale Pledge.


The Nurse Pinning virtual ceremony will be available on the CCC homepage on Thursday, May 7, beginning at 5 p.m. at


About Coconino Community College


CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County since 1991. The College has the goal of improving the lives of our residents through workforce development and higher education. 


CCC provides affordable tuition and more than 50 certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in academic and career fields. CCC also has programs that ease student transition to any of the three state universities, including the award-winning CCC2NAU.


CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County and Tribal Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person and Zoom video conferencing classes to meet the needs of students in rural and remote areas. Nearly 20 percent of CCC's students are Native American learners.





All Dates

  • Tuesday, 28th April 2020