Commencement 2020

Videocast on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Welcome, graduates and families, to the fifty-fifth Annual Commencement Exercises! Commencement is a great milestone in one’s life. It is a time where graduates, family members, and friends celebrate the students of Three Rivers Community College, their dedication, and their successes.

COVID-19 has changed how we celebrate our graduates this year. You are living through unprecedented times, yet your strength and determination to finish your coursework and graduate is inspiring to us all. Together but separate, we will celebrate your accomplishments via a virtual commencement with all the “pomp and circumstance” that you deserve.

Congratulations to the graduates in the Class of 2020!

Videocast of Commencement 2020

Watch the videocast from 2:00 p.m on Saturday, June 13. From 2:00-2:10 p.m., you will be treated to 10 minutes of time-lapse videos, drone aerial views of the college, and a camera-eye’s view of a walk through the building. The ceremony began promptly at 2:10 p.m.  It was also live streamed on our Three Rivers Facebook page.

Commencement 2020 Program

You can follow the ceremony with the official Commencement 2020 program (pdf).

2020 Graduate Profiles

We’re excited to announce that for the first time we have launched a 2020 Graduate Profiles pages. You can see profiles of our graduates who participated and sign their guest book to wish them the best. Visit 2020 Graduate Profiles here.

Photos and Video

Graduates, please take pictures and/or videos to commemorate your celebration and share them with us on social media. Be sure to use #TRCC2020.

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Message from President Mary Ellen Jukoski (6/11/20)

A message from Mary Ellen Jukoski, President of Three Rivers Community College, for the 2020 graduating class regarding the state of the country, racism, the College’s commitment ,and the graduates’ role for the future.

Nursing Pinning Spring 2020Nursing Pinning

With a traditional Nursing Pinning ceremony not possible right now, some of the Nursing faculty divided up the graduating students and went to their homes to deliver their pins in person – following social distancing rules, of course! Learn more about our Pinning ceremony and find links to photos from these individual pinnings on our Nursing Pinning Page.

Media Coverage

The Bulletin — Three Rivers students had virtual commencement

The Day — Online graduation ceremony celebrates ‘the COVID-19 class’ at Three Rivers 

Commencement Speeches

Please visit our Commencement 2020 Speeches page to read the transcripts of the following:

  • Mary Ellen Jukoski, Ed.D., President, Three Rivers Community College
  • Mark Ojakian, M.A., President, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
  • Michael Carta, M.S., Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Faculty Senate
  • Sebastian C. Bartosiak, Student Government President


  • Graduation is not automatic, students must apply. The deadline was February 28. Read more here.
  • Actual diplomas for May graduates will be mailed out this summer.
  • Students who expressed an interest in walking will be provided with a cap, gown, and program in advance of the ceremony.