The online celebration will honor Tri-C’s Class of 2020 from
spring, summer and fall semesters.
The graduate total — which is near record highs — reflects the
ongoing impact of College programs and initiatives designed to
keep students on the path to associate degrees and certificates.
This year’s graduates stand out for their resilience, Tri-C
President Alex Johnson said. They achieved even as the
COVID-19 outbreak shattered the norms of day-to-day life.
Rising coronavirus case counts
continue to be reported across Northeast Ohio. That’s why the
College shifted commencement to a virtual event instead of the
traditional, in-person ceremony that typically brings together
thousands of people.
“This past year has been difficult and even overwhelming at
times,” Johnson said. “But the graduates we will honor at
commencement persevered through it all. They met every challenge
to reach their goals. Their success is something to celebrate.”
link to the online ceremony will be posted at
the day of the event.
The student commencement speaker will be Jason Caruso,
who graduated with an Associate of Arts degree after summer
session. The 27-year-old cancer survivor was part of the
College’s Honors Program and earned multiple scholarships.
The Lakewood resident has continued his studies at Cleveland
State University, where he is on pace to graduate next
spring with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After
that, it’s on to law school.
to share his inspirational story as student speaker at the
ceremony. Read other stories from the Class of 2020 at tri-c.edu/commencement/graduate-stories.html.
The College will also award an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
degree to Carol Cartwright during the ceremony to
recognize her commitment to the community and higher education.
Cartwright’s 45-year career has been distinguished by innovative
teaching, pioneering research and national leadership. She
served as president of Kent State University (1991-2006)
and Bowling Green State University (2008-2011).