Virtual graduation ceremony carded for October 29
This week saw the re-opening of the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), which was delayed due to COVID-19 and the pending release of subjects passes at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) of prospective students.
The College, as were all other educational institutions, closed in March when the Government implemented measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, the College was unable to re-open as per usual in August.
Tuesday’s (Sept 15) re-opening was for students entering their second year of studies and continuing students in full time programmes.
A blended approach will be used where students will engage in face-to-face classes on certain days and virtual classes on other days.
In response to queries from students, Registrar Marva Bowen- Neptune promised that by this week, all students should be in possesion of their progress reports.
Prospective year one students will commence registration for classes from September 23, a week after CXC results are expected to be released. The intake of students for registration will be done in a phased basis, and further details will be provided later.
Year one students are expected to commence classes the first week in October.
According to the Registrar, over $40,000 has been budgeted to facilitate the re-opening in keeping with the COVID-19 protocols. In addition to the basic protocols approved by the Ministry of Health, there will be a screening process at each campus. Daily temperature checks will be conducted for staff and students along with sanitisation.
To manage its day-to-day operations, the College has implemented a six-point strategy, which includes streaming, hygiene, masking, phsycial distancing, cutlure and support.
Meanwhile, the tertiary institution’s graduation ceremony, which is normally held the third week in July, was pushed back due to COVID-19 and the protocols in place. Therefore, a virtual ceremony is carded for October 29, 2020.
The Registrar noted that some aspects of the ceremony will be pre-recorded, such as the Awards ceremony where students with the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) in all programmes will be recognised.
She explained that the students will be scheduled as to when they are to come into the College to receive their award and the photos will be shown at the virtual ceremony.
In addition, the Registrar said the graduation class will be allowed a photo opportnity and the graduation handbook, containing all information on graduation, will be given to them beforehand.
The graduation list is expected to be publicised by the end of this week.
Information relating to the College’s registration, re-opening and graduation was shared by officials during a press briefing last Thursday (Sept 10).