COVID-19 information and how to get ready for Summer and Fall 2021
2021 Commencement Update
While the college had hoped to hold an in-person commencement ceremony, given the continued uncertainty of the pandemic the projected number of participants the college will continue forward with its plan to host a personalized, virtual commencement ceremony on the event’s original date May 22, 2021.
We recognize our graduates' hard-earned accomplishments and the college has been working hard for months to determine and plan the best and safest way to celebrate our graduates’ achievements in a unique virtual ceremony. This past January, the college made the decision to proceed with the May 22 commencement date. Our virtual commencement program will be recorded by April 15 in order to meet this deadline.
Last August, hundreds of students and their families, as well as faculty, staff and guests from across the world tuned in to Bristol’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony, to celebrate and cheer on our graduates together, in real-time. This year’s event will continue to feature many of the same elements of a traditional in-person commencement, including recognizing each dedicated graduate by name. While we are aware that other institutions are moving forward with in-person events, we will not be making any changes to our current plans. Although we know it will not be the same, we hope everyone will join our celebration, in the safest way possible.
In addition, the college has decided to wait until June 1 to make any further decisions regarding what the college can allow for smaller on-campus events beginning in August 2021. Please see below for event scheduling updates.
Bristol does not make these decisions lightly. Our Emergency Operations Council has been reviewing all information coming from the local, state and national health officials. We think it is the best and safest decision to hold off on having any events at the campuses until after a decision is made in June. At that time, we will determine if we can begin having some events beginning in August. The guidelines for those events will be based on current recommendations from our health officials.
We ask for understanding and patience as we navigate these uncertain times. As of April 1, 2021, the nation is beginning its fourth surge of the pandemic and contracted cases and hospitalizations are again on the rise. Regionally, Massachusetts currently ranks fourth in the nation of the virus’s UK variant case count and the college’s service communities of Fall River and New Bedford currently remain in the red zone for COVID-19 cases.
For updates about Bristol's 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony, please frequently visit www.bristolcc.edu/commencement.
Events and Gatherings
Bristol Community College is currently devoting its resources to ensuring the safety and success of the college’s on-campus hybrid students, faculty and staff while supporting community COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts on the Fall River Campus. At this time, we will not be scheduling public face-to-face events at any Bristol location.
We will continue to assess when and how to safely accommodate public, face-to-face event scheduling requests, with guidance and direction from the Governor, state and federal health officials.
The college will not be taking any reservations for events at this time. During the week of June 1, 2021, we will announce updated plans that may or may not include opening for some events after August 1, 2021. These limited events will need to fall under the strict protocols put in place by health officials and balanced with the current utilization of our campuses.
- Please check back to this webpage for updates.
- No event reservations are being made at this time.
- No decisions on whether public events will be held at the campuses will be made until after June 1, 2021.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate during these unprecedented times. We look forward to serving our community as a vibrant event location in the future, when safely possible.
For more information about event scheduling at Bristol Community College please email Laura Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org.