Craven CC Graduation Rescheduled for Saturday, June 27

Craven Community CollegeCraven Community College (Craven CC) has rescheduled the 53rd Commencement to occur 8 a.m. Saturday, June 27 as a drive-thru ceremony on the New Bern campus.

“Our students deserve to be recognized for the hard work, dedication, and resilience they’ve shown in their journey toward earning a college degree, diploma, or certificate,” said Dr. Staats, Craven CC president. “Every academic journey faces a unique set of challenges, but this year’s graduating class is particularly so—beginning with Hurricane Florence and finishing with a global pandemic.”

Several changes have been made to this year’s program to ensure Craven CC graduates are properly honored for their hard work, while also making every effort to promote a safe and healthy environment for all those in attendance. Additional details about the 2020 graduation will be available in the coming weeks, including information about cap and gowns, parking, and a program of events.

Students are encouraged to continue following Craven CC on social media and to check student email for updates. Details will also be made available at

The original graduation celebration scheduled for May 16 was canceled in accordance with Governor Cooper’s “Stay at Home” executive order and as a precautionary measure aimed at protecting the health and safety of those in attendance.

About Craven Community College

Founded in 1965, Craven Community College (Craven CC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven CC serves about 3,200 curriculum students and more than 10,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. The Lifetime Learning Center and Adult Enrichment Program offer lifelong learning opportunities. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven CC is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit

Submitted by: Craig Ramey, Director of Communications, Craven Community College