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Northeast sends gift boxes to graduates

Northeast sends gift boxes to graduates

NORFOLK, Neb. – Although Northeast Community College celebrated the success of members of the Class of 2020 through a virtual commencement ceremony in May, they were not able to receive one important item - their diplomas. Now, the college has gone one step further to get that special document to graduates across the world.

Over 900 gift boxes that contain diplomas, plus a few other items, have been sent to each of the graduates.

“This is our way to demonstrate how proud we are of each and every one of them as they completed their work at Northeast during such an unprecedented time in their lives,” said Leah Barrett, Northeast president. “The gift box is certainly a keepsake that includes items that validate our graduates’ hard work and dedication in completing their education with us. We hope they enjoy this truly special package.”

All graduates will receive a Grad Box that contains the following:


  • diploma and diploma cover;
  • card from Barrett on behalf of the entire college;
  • Class of 2020 tassel;
  • Honor cords to graduates who earned special recognition;
  • Northeast alumni pin;
  • Class of 2020 leather case of sticky notes with pen


Barrett’s card to the graduates reads, in part, “Congratulations on your graduation from Northeast Community College! As a member of the Class of 2020, you demonstrated grace under pressure during this time of COVID-19. We are all so proud of you!”

The Grad Boxes were developed and organized by members of the Northeast Graduation Workgroup, which is made up of individuals from across the college who plan and arrange the institution’s commencement ceremony held each May.





A Northeast Community College Graduate Box is displayed with a diploma, diploma cover and other items. The gift boxes have been sent to each of the over 900 graduates of the Class of 2020 who were recognized at the college’s virtual commencement ceremony in May.