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South Coast University Planning What It's Calling "Hybrid" Commencement Events Because Of COVID-19

Cal State Channel Islands is preparing for "hybrid" commencement ceremonies
(CSUCI photo)
Cal State Channel Islands is preparing for "hybrid" commencement ceremonies

Students Will Be in Cars, But Will Still Get Traditional On-Stage Photo Opportunity

A South Coast university has announced plans for what it’s calling “hybrid” commencement ceremonies this spring as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Cal State Channel Islands will have ceremonies featuring the traditional caps and gowns, but cars will also play a key role.

Six ceremonies are planned over a three-day period on the Camarillo campus. Each graduate will be able to come with family, and friends in a single vehicle to one of multiple stages set up on campus.

After some traditional messages, each vehicle will be directed to an area where students can pick up their diploma covers. Then, they’ll have the opportunity to get out of their cars, and go on a stage for a graduation photo.

The CSUCI ceremonies will take place May 21st through 23rd.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.