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SCC schedules first traditional graduation ceremony in two years on Dec. 10

SYLVA – After enduring a series of unexpected, pandemic-related challenges, the latest group of Southwestern Community College graduates will celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends during the college’s first traditional, indoor commencement ceremonies in two years.

SCC’s fall graduation will be spread out over two events: Career Technologies graduates will walk across the Myers Auditorium stage at 5:30 p.m. followed by a ceremony for the Health Sciences and Arts & Sciences grads at 7 p.m.

The auditorium is in the Balsam Center on SCC’s Jackson Campus in Sylva.

Masks will be required for all attendees, and each event will be small enough to allow everyone to socially distance themselves as much as necessary in order to feel comfortable and safe.

“Our drive-through commencement ceremonies were all tremendous successes, and we received a lot of very positive feedback from participants and their families,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC President. “And yet, there is something refreshing about going back to the traditional ceremonies where we can all gather in one large room and celebrate with our graduates in a safe environment. We are all looking forward to it.”

For instructions about the ceremonies, graduates can click on this link.

Click here for Commencement FAQs.


For more than 55 years, Southwestern Community College has served Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina by providing a wide range of educational options for residents in all stages of life.

SCC has been ranked among the nation’s Top 10 community colleges six times in the last 15 years – including a No. 1 ranking in’s listing of the “Best Community Colleges & Trade Schools of 2020.”

Through a supportive learning environment, Southwestern offers more than 40 degree programs (including more than 90 credentialing options, 28 of which are offered online) in Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences/College Transfer and Career Technologies.

A variety of community resources – including the Small Business Center, Workforce Continuing Education and Career Services – are also available.

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