Richland Community College will be holding in-person graduation and pinning ceremonies at the Shilling Community Education Center for graduates only during the evening on May 14, 2021. A live feed will be hosted on the college’s social media pages with the health professions pinning ceremony at 5pm and the graduation ceremony at 7pm. As part of the live ceremony, Richland will celebrate its students by providing a safe space for them to walk across stage in their caps and gowns to receive their diplomas from President Cristobal Valdez.

Unfortunately, because of CDC and Illinois COVID restrictions on capacity, family, friends and other guests will not be able to attend the ceremonies. The students’ family and friends will be able to view the live feed. All speeches for the ceremony will be recorded and available in advance on the college’s website:

“For all of us that work in higher education, the graduation ceremony is the culminating and most exciting event of a student’s educational journey. We are excited that we will be able to offer this celebration to our students in a way that keeps their health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making,” said Dr. Isaac Zuniga, Vice President of Student Success.

Additional details about the event will be sent to students and posted to Richland’s Facebook page and page.