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SCC announces drive-through spring graduation plans

SYLVA – To ensure graduates get an opportunity to celebrate with their families, Southwestern Community College will hold a drive-through commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, on the Jackson Campus.

Ceremony times are being finalized and will be shared directly with graduates.

Vehicles will follow a designated path, and every graduate will be able to step in front of an SCC photo backdrop and receive a diploma cover from Dr. Don Tomas.

SCC will provide a livestream for loved ones unable to attend in-person. That link will be available on SCC’s website ( in the days leading up to the ceremony.

“During our drive-through ceremonies last summer and fall, there were a lot of moving moments as parents, spouses and friends saw their graduates receive their diplomas,” Dr. Tomas said. “They’d still be clapping, tears streaming down their faces as the car drove away. These students have worked extremely hard and overcome a lot to earn their degrees, and we’re just excited to be able to celebrate their accomplishments with them.”

In addition to the drive-through ceremony, graduates will still have the opportunity to participate in a future traditional ceremony.

Graduates are receiving regular updates regarding logistics and arrival times through the college’s official notification system in the days leading up to the graduation ceremony.

For more information about SCC and the programs it offers, visit, call 828.339.4000 or drop by your nearest SCC location.



For more than 50 years, Southwestern Community College has served Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary by offering a wide range of educational options for residents in all stages of life. Ranked among the nation’s top 10 community colleges three times in the past dozen years, SCC provides a supportive learning environment and more than 40 degree programs in Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences/College Transfer and Career Technologies. SCC also offers a variety of community resources, including the Small Business Center, Workforce Continuing Education and Career Services.

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