Moorpark College to host drive-thru commencement for Spring 2021 graduates


Vanessa Cowsill, 20, of Camarillo, celebrates after receiving her diploma, holding it high for all to see during Moorpark’s 52nd Commencement Ceremony, held on Friday, May 17, 2019. Cowsill, a communication major, plans to attend University of California, Santa Barbara in the fall. Photo credit: Jace Kessler

By Alondra Alton

On May 20, Moorpark College will be hosting a drive-thru commencement for Spring 2021 graduates. Students will be free to drive up on campus between 9 a.m and 1 p.m.

A free diploma cover and commemorative lawn sign will be handed out while supplies are available. Students will also have the option to exit their vehicles and have their professional photos taken along with a station to take photos themselves.

Student Activities Specialist, Kristen Robinson, stressed the importance of keeping students comfortable.

“We wanted to make sure that people didn’t feel like they were obligated (to exit their vehicles) because we know some people either are immunocompromised, or other concerns, surrounding exiting their vehicle and being in proximity with other people,” said Robinson.

The commencement workgroup is the team behind the event planning and is made up of students, professors and student leaders. The drive-thru ceremony has been under planning since September and volunteers will also be on campus to bring success to the event.

“We know that (our students) have worked really hard to get to where they are,” said Robinson.

Robinson explained that because student’s living situations vary, it is essential to recognize their accomplishments.

“We want to make sure that all of our students feel appropriately recognized,” stated Robinson.

Students will be able to participate in the virtual class of 2021 yearbook, where they can upload a photo of themselves and respond to questions about post graduation and their career paths.

The Moorpark College Transfer Center also has a similar activity called the ‘Transfer Wall of Fame’ where graduates can also post a photo of themselves along with answering a few questions about their goals and where they plan to transfer.

Moorpark College graduates can stay connected by joining the Moorpark College Alumni Association to gain networking connections and professional opportunities.

It will be optional to wear a cap and gown for the ceremony due to the pandemic causing an increase in financial instability.

For more information on Moorpark College’s 2021 Commencement Ceremony please contact the commencement workgroup by email at [email protected] or visit their website.