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UPDATE: Bellin College holds drive-thru graduation ceremony

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FREEDOM, Wis. (WFRV) – Local 5 reporter Rhonda Foxx was at Freedom Wisconsin on Saturday at around 1 p.m. as Bellin College held a drive-thru graduation for the Class of 2020.

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Rows of decorated vehicles filled with graduates and their families lined the Field of Scenes in Freedom as they waited for the graduation ceremony to commence.

The graduation ceremony allowed one car per graduate.

Bellin College President Dr. Connie Boerst presided over the ceremony that had 134 graduates all graduating in healthcare-related fields.

The ceremony was broadcasted over the radio to each of the vehicles in the theater. After each of the graduates’ names was read, a brief period of time was held for families to honk their horns as a way to applaud for their graduates.

The class speakers for the ceremony were Maximilian Soda graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Victoria Lemke graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, McKenzie Scheld graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Erin Carter graduating with a Master of Science in Nursing.

Graduates were said to be dressed in their cap and gowns and a few of them shared how thankful they were to be having a graduation ceremony despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Local 5 reporter Rhonda Foxx was present at the ceremony and did a Facebook Live at the event capturing the rows of graduates and their families lined up waiting for their ceremony to begin, check it out!

ORIGINAL STORY: Wisconsin Coronavirus: Bellin College postpones graduation

WEDNESDAY 4/8/2020 11:32 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Bellin College has announced it will postpone its spring graduation slated for May 16.

In a Wednesday release, Bellin College says the decision was made “with much consideration for the safety of our college community and the friends and families of our graduates that we must postpone graduation.”

“To protect the safety of our graduates and their families, it was pertinent to make this decision,” said President and CEO Dr. Connie Boerst. “Our graduates are all going to be healthcare providers and we still will ensure their ability to graduate and enter the workforce during these ever-changing COVID-19 times.”

College leaders will provide updates as new information becomes available, according to Bellin College.

St. Norbert College announced last month that they would also postpone graduation.

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