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FDTC makes it official

on Tuesday, 03 November 2020. Posted in News, Education, Local News

FDTC makes it official
Florence-Darlington Technical College Interim President Edward Bethea addresses the Class of 2020 during the college’s recent commencement ceremony at the Florence Center.

130 receive diplomas during ceremony 

 More than 130 graduates walked across the stage Oct. 27 during Florence-Darlington Technical College’s annual commencement ceremony at the Florence Center. 

The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held in May, but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s ceremony also included Summer 2020 graduates. 

“We actually entertained having a virtual graduation, but students insisted on walking across the stage in the traditional fashion,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Marc David. “To do this, students had to RSVP by the deadline because we had to plan for masking and social distancing throughout the ceremony. Though this will be one of the smallest graduating classes in recent history, it is also one of the most resilient, having overcome all the hardships caused by COVID-19.” 

A total of 537 students graduated from the college throughout the 2019-2020 school year. The Division of Math and Technical Education graduated 357 students, while the Division of Health Sciences graduated 92, and the Division of Arts and Science graduated 88. 

“I would like to congratulate FDTC’s 2020 graduates for completing degree requirements during these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said FDTC Interim President Edward Bethea. “This has been a difficult year, and all of us at FDTC feel that our graduates need to be recognized for their achievements.” 

Throughout this year’s ceremony, FDTC and the Florence Center implemented safety precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Each attendee had their temperature taken and was required to wear a mask. The graduates reported to the Florence Center’s floor level, where they were socially distanced throughout the event. The ceremony was condensed and only featured the essential exercises.

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