Graduating in a Pandemic: St. Mary's University Hosts Diploma Pick Up

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Graduating in a Pandemic: St. Mary's University Hosts Diploma Pick Up

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The object is a post from St.Mary's University Linkedin account. The account posted pictures of seniors picking up their diplomas from campus.

Amidst the first few months of COVID-19, many changes occurred, especially in academia's traditional spaces. A huge tradition and milestone for students was the spring 2020 graduation. Many Universities, including St.Mary's, held virtual commencement ceremonies that included words from faculty and a program that listed every graduate's name with their major and any awards or affiliations. To provide students their physical degrees, many schools mailed degrees to students, but St.Mary held an event where students and their families could come to campus and pick up their diploma. Hosting an event like this for students and their families was significant because not having a traditional graduation ceremony was a significant loss for those working towards walking the stage. St. Mary's University has a diverse student body of international and first-generation students. All students dream of walking on the stage to get the rewards of their hard work in college. This was not just a loss for students but also family members looking forward to a significant moment. To give students and their families the rewarding celebrity moment, St.Mary's staff and faculty hosted a diploma pickup with safety precautions.
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This item was submitted on October 13, 2020 by Camryn Blackmon using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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