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Hillsborough Community College to Hold Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 26, 2020


Tampa - The 51st Annual Commencement Exercises of Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will be held virtually on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 10 a.m. HCC president Dr. Ken Atwater will preside over the virtual ceremony, which will include conferring of degrees. The virtual ceremony will replace the traditional in-person ceremony to recognize the 2019-2020 graduates who are unable to participate due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Approximately 6,000 students are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony, which includes those who have completed coursework over the 2019-2020 academic year. Graduates are also invited to participate in the next traditional in-person ceremony in spring 2021.

This year’s student speaker, Karley Drapp, is a home education student who is receiving her high school diploma simultaneously with her associate in arts degree. While attending HCC, she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and maintained a 4.0 GPA.

The youngest graduate is 17-year-old Tiana Mason, who has earned an associate in arts degree. The oldest graduate is 68-year-old Shirley Overton, who has earned an associate in arts degree.

Among this year’s graduates are over 200 Collegiate Academy students from Armwood, Leto and Lennard High Schools who have completed 60 college credits at HCC in addition to their required high school class schedules. This is the fourth graduating class of Collegiate Academy students.

Hillsborough Community College serves more than 48,000 students annually at campuses on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and in Brandon, Plant City, Ruskin, and Ybor City. HCC is accredited to offer associate degrees and certificates by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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