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SOWELA Technical Community College Postpones August 6th Commencement Exercises

Spring and Summer 2020 Graduates Invited to Participate in December Ceremony


With the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the August 6, 2020 Commencement has been postponed. Spring and Summer 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the Fall ceremony tentatively scheduled for December 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

“We feel strongly that our students need to be recognized in front of their families and peers for their educational achievements so we hope that our December commencement ceremony will allow this recognition to happen,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

Originally, the College rescheduled the May 19th Spring Commencement Ceremony to August 6th in hopes that the crisis would be in a much more controlled state.

Students who complete their programs of study by the end of the summer term will still earn their credential(s) and graduate even though they may not participate in a formal graduation. Academic transcripts will be available and diplomas mailed to graduates.

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 will graduate. These students are working hard to juggle the day-to-day complexities of life, and exhibit the firm determination to succeed. Their commitment to their dreams is what we want to celebrate.

For questions about commencement exercises, diplomas or academic transcripts, contact 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.