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Commencement 2021

Our 2021 commencement ceremony will be added to this page on May 21. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Attention students, if you would like to share a selfie or congratulatory photo, visit the photo submission form.

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Quinsigamond Community College’s May 21, 2021 Commencement ceremony will be virtual this year for all August 2020, December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021 graduates.  

The QCC Commencement Planning Committee came to this difficult decision after a review of current public health advice, and the many unknown factors of the pandemic’s course over the next months. Even though the rollout of vaccines to protect against COVID-19 is very promising, many of us are still waiting to be inoculated. We are announcing the decision of a virtual ceremony now so that graduates and their families can plan appropriately.   

Like you, we are disappointed that our graduates and their families will not be able to gather with us for a large in-person ceremony again this year. However, in addition to graduates and their families and friends having an opportunity to view a virtual ceremony in the safety of their own homes, we are working on additional opportunities to allow graduates to participate in the virtual ceremony. More information will be shared as it becomes available.    

All August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates are invited to order their own caps, gowns and tassels free of charge, as a keepsake of this momentous occasion. Graduates, please watch your Qmail for ordering information and check the graduation page on The Q for updated commencement information. The deadline to order regalia is April 19, 2021.   

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We are excited to announce that Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings, Ph.D. has agreed to be our virtual Commencement speaker.  Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings is a nationally recognized scholar and elected official who has championed social justice causes such as health equity, protection of social entitlement programs, income security, diversity and inclusion, and civil rights. Dr. Rockeymoore-Cumming's career has spanned over 22 years of service in the United States Congress, the National Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the nonprofit sector.  She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America and has published over 50 articles that focus on the impact of public policy on people of color, vulnerable populations, and marginalized communities. In her forthcoming book, Rageism, Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings examines how structural discrimination undermines the socioeconomic health and wellbeing of people of color, and the country, while helping social agents dismantle systemic inequalities so people of all backgrounds in the United States can thrive. She is a regular guest on radio and television shows, appearing on NPR, CNN, Black Entertainment Television, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, Al Jazeera, C-SPAN, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, The ReidOut, and Morning Joe, The View, among others. Most recently, Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings toured the country championing her late husband, Representative Elijah E. Cummings’ autobiography “We’re Better than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy”. Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings is the President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, D.C. based firm that makes policy work for people and their environments. 

Visit our Commencement Page on The Q for more information as it becomes available.