Columbus State University Holds First Drive-Through Graduation on Dec. 12

Columbus State University on Saturday, Dec. 12 conducted three first-of-their-kind “drive-in” commencement ceremonies at the Columbus Civic Center to honor its spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates. With the safety and health of its graduates and guests in mind, the three ceremonies honored several hundred graduates and their families from the comfort of their vehicles while including many of the traditional pomp and circumstance elements of a typical college graduation ceremony. CSU’s newest alumni represent the university’s College of the Arts, Turner College of Business, College of Education and Health Professions, and College of Letters and Sciences. The combined ceremonies represented a total of 1,876 graduate, bachelor, and associates degree completers. The commencement also included the first graduates of CSU’s Film Production nexus degree program, which was approved by the University System of Georgia in 2018. Nexus degrees are college credentials that emphasize hands-on experiential learning, skilled knowledge and connections with industry in high-demand career fields. On Thursday, Dec. 10, CSU hosted a virtual hooding ceremony for the university’s spring, summer and fall students completing graduate-level degrees and certificates. Due to the pandemic, Columbus State University canceled its in-person May commencement ceremonies for its spring 2020 graduates — instead opting to recognize their achievements through a virtual graduation event. These spring semester graduates, as well as those who completed their degrees in the summer, were invited to return to campus to join their fall 2020 classmates for Saturday’s drive-in ceremonies. All three ceremonies were live-streamed through the university’s website. Those live-streams are now archived for future viewing at graduation.columbusstate.edu.