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SOWELA Technical Community College Announces New Spring 2020 Commencement Date


Diplomas to be Mailed to Graduates in June

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 19, 2020

SOWELA’s Spring 2020 Commencement Exercises originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, will now take place on Thursday, August 6, at 2 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center. Due to the circumstances associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the College postponed the Spring 2020 Commencement. This was in response to the advice given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other public health officials, and officials in our great state of Louisiana.

“Having to postpone the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony was a difficult decision but one that was necessary in order to protect the health and well-being of our students and ceremony guests. Because of the COVID-19 crisis and how the pandemic disrupted our normal spring semester operations, many of our graduates had to put in extra time and effort in order to complete their program requirements so I commend them on their dedication and focus. Being able to reschedule the event gives us great pleasure because we realize how hard our students have worked to accomplish their higher educational goals and they deserve to be recognized publicly in front of their families and peers for achieving this major milestone,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

The graduation ceremony is the culmination of all the hard work put forth by our students to pursue and successfully obtain a higher education that provides the means to improve lives. SOWELA’s faculty and staff strive to ensure student success, and we are incredibly proud of the individuals who graduated this semester. These students worked hard to juggle the day-to-day complexities of life, and exhibited the firm determination to succeed. Their commitment to their dreams is what we want to celebrate in August.

Students who completed their programs of study by May 11 still earned their credential(s) and graduated even though they did not participate in a formal commencement ceremony this month. Academic transcripts will be available, and diplomas will be mailed to graduates in June.

For questions about commencement exercises, diplomas or academic transcripts, contact SOWELA’s Registrar at graduationinfo@sowela.edu.

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles and Oakdale, LA.