Graduation plans announced at WPCC


April 29, 2021 – Western Piedmont Community College will hold its 2021 commencement in a drive-thru setting May 13 from 4-7 p.m. on the main campus. Graphic image of graduation cap that says

The drive-thru ceremony will be limited to one car per graduate. Extended family, friends and the community may watch the ceremony live at beginning at 4 p.m. The recording will be available after the livestream ends.

“Holding an in-person graduation ceremony this spring is very exciting after the extraordinary circumstances of the past year,” said WPCC President Joel Welch. “Although a drive-thru graduation is not our first choice, it does give us an opportunity to safely see our graduates and celebrate with them on our campus.”

Graduates will be allowed to exit their vehicle to receive their diploma or certificate but must wear face coverings. Professional photos will be taken at this time, and there will be opportunities to take photos on campus at the end of the drive-thru line. WPCC faculty, staff and Trustees members will also be present to celebrate commencement.

Graduates have received full instructions about the drive-thru event through their student emails.

WPCC will host several other ceremonies for graduates in specialty programs. The Nursing program and Medical Assisting program will hold pinning ceremonies May 11, and Medical Lab Technology’s pinning ceremony is scheduled for May 12. Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) graduates will hold a ceremony May 21. Ceremonies will have capacity restrictions in place for social distancing.

“Our sincerest congratulations to the class of 2021,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Rhia Crawford. “Pursuing an education is challenging under the best circumstances, and the impact of COVID-19 has made this celebration even more momentous. We at the college are extremely proud of their perseverance and know they will be successful in their next steps.”

Questions regarding the graduation ceremony may be directed to Academic Records & Graduation Specialist Cathy Williams at or 828-448-6049.