Graduation. Wow. The most rewarding accomplishment for someone’s life whether it is elementary school, middle, school, high school, or college. It is a celebration of all the hard work you did during those years. For some, it came easy to them while others had to move mountains to get there. No matter the journey the reward is still as powerful and meaningful to each individual. With the time of COVID-19 barreling itself into our lives, a lot has changed for everyone. People are not going to work, everyone needs to stay inside, students have to learn online, and seniors miss out on everything they have looked forward too for years. Seniors are missing a defining moment in their life – graduation. All the hard work, the endless nights, the tears, the anger, the stress, the happy moments, the ah-ha moments in class; it is all being taken away from them. Colleges are in a predicament on what to do about graduation, the majority have not issued any statements as they are still going over all options, however, the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA, announced that graduation would be held virtually. Students were outraged and hurt, not only from UCLA but from all over. UCLA students have created a Change.com petition (https://www.change.org/p/gene-block-postpone-ucla-class-of-2020-commence...) in hopes to have their graduation postponed rather than having the ceremony being held online. There is nothing that can compare to putting that cap and gown on, walking across the stage and getting your degree, and moving the tassel over indicating one chapter is over and the next one is beginning.
Here are some comments on how students are feeling from all over the country. Have thoughts about this? DM us on Instagram and tell us how you are feeling about college graduations becoming virtual and let us know if we can help you get through these tough times!
“They should postpone their commencement no matter how long down the road it may be. I alone with many others In the class of 2020 can agree that this is a defining moment in our long, hardworking and tireless college journey. And I know many of us would prefer to wait. We deserve this moment and the feeling of this immense accomplishment while being surrounded by our friends and family virtual simply is not the same.” – Melanie Ross UCSB (https://www.instagram.com/melaniee_ross_/)
“I would be so upset if this happened. You work so hard just to walk across a stage and get to celebrate with your fellow classmates, friends, and families. Virtual commencement takes one of the most memorable days of your life away from you…so sad” – Savannah Medlen (https://www.instagram.com/savmedlen/)
“Postpone for sure! As a senior, it breaks my heart. We have worked hard, so too many this is a special day and a day we have dreamed about since we were little. I haven’t heard anything from University of Texas but I can hope my senior class can get that day.” – Neveen Ali UT (https://www.instagram.com/itsneveen/)
“They should postpone until further notice. Commencement is something students work for their entire life. To be able to afford to go to college to get a degree and further career education is something a lot of students struggle to do. Those who have been lucky enough to do so, no matter how they did it, deserve to have that final closure in this chapter. I know I would have been devastated if I was graduating this year, 100%. While the virus can’t be controlled, how people react to the situation can be. While virtual is being caring, I’m sure students would rather wait to wear their caps and gowns then have a zoom gradation. My heart goes out to the graduating classes.” – Mariam Boyadjian CSUN (https://www.instagram.com/mariam_boyadjian/)
“That is so terrible. That’s awful. They should postpone so students can have a real ceremony with photos and hugs and parties and memories. It is a huge milestone and it shouldn’t be stolen from students because schools aren’t willing to put in the effort to postpone.” – Brooke Dunn Emerson College (https://www.instagram.com/brooklyndone/)
“As a senior waiting to hear a decision on commencement, I am hoping it is merely postponed. While I am realizing that the one day does not define my four years, it is a celebration of them, and I would like to do it with all of the people that supported me along the way.” – Katie Brunet LSU (https://www.instagram.com/katiebrunet/)
“They should postpone until they can have a real commencement or students should get refunded a large portion of tuition. Students have not worked so hard earning their degree to have a virtual graduation.” – Paige Mariet (https://www.instagram.com/paigemariet/)
“Although the day doesn’t justify the moment everyone still deserves there in person applause and get to feel proud dressed up in the cap and gown being physically next to the people that were with them from the start! I think postponing is a good route and something students to look forward during this time.” – Liora SDSU (https://www.instagram.com/lioraadina/)
“Completely unfair to us seniors! If we aren’t getting any tuition money back and will be learning online for the remainder of our college careers, a graduation ceremony is the least the university can do for us. Postpone for sure, no questions asked.” – Ila Foskett UCSD (https://www.instagram.com/ilafoskett/)
“My school is opting to do the same. I feel a bit robbed of the congratulations, the whole thing seems discounted. I’ve actually retracted my grad status to defer and graduate at a later time. Going to use this time to do some extra classes to increase my GPA, especially since this looks like this will last for some time.” – Sarah Lynn Taylor (https://www.instagram.com/sarahlynntaylor/)