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Grad walks, stage moments, no guests. Graduation 2021 is definitely not cutting it for many

Los Angeles Times

It all seemed so promising a month ago when Cal State L.A. announced its plans for graduation. An event at the landmark Rose Bowl, not only for the class of 2021, but also the forgotten class of 2020. But this week, Cal State L.A. made clear what was actually in store for the Rose Bowl ceremony: No guests. So much outrage erupted that in an abrupt about-face, university officials canceled the Rose Bowl graduation altogether -- and is reverting to a virtual event, with plans for an in-person ceremony at a future date with "elements that graduates treasure." Honestly, WHAT is the point of attending the commencement if NOTHING will be done there?? Grads just gotta sit there and listen to what, staff speeches??? SO disappointed. "WHAT is the point of attending the commencement if NOTHING will be done there??" a parent asked on Twitter.


Meet NYC's 2020 graduates--from aspiring actors to first-generation 'Dreamers'

National Geographic

Desire Colindres was born and raised in Honduras and came to the U.S. at age 14. Due to coronavirus, her graduation from Lehman College was postponed. Instead, she tuned into the countrywide "Immigrad 2020 Virtual Commencement," which celebrated young graduates like herself who were able to stay in America through the DREAM Act. Now, Colindres is attending virtual job fairs, doing online interviews with a recruiter, and hoping to put her business degree to use. "It feels good to accomplish something I wanted so bad and I waiting so long for," she says.


Meet NYC's 2020 graduates--from aspiring actors to first-generation 'Dreamers'

National Geographic

Desire Colindres was born and raised in Honduras and came to the U.S. at age 14. Due to coronavirus, her graduation from Lehman College was canceled. Instead, she tuned into the countrywide "Immigrad 2020 Virtual Commencement," which celebrated young graduates like herself who were able to stay in America through the DREAM Act. Now, Colindres is attending virtual job fairs, doing online interviews with a recruiter, and hoping to put her business degree to use. "It feels good to accomplish something I wanted so bad and I waiting so long for," she says.


Blow off your virtual graduation and watch these 15 speeches instead

Mashable

To say that the Class of 2020 is in for a unique graduation season would be a serious understatement. As a result of coronavirus social distancing guidelines, many high schools and universities around the world have had to cancel upcoming graduation ceremonies for students. Choosing not to hold these large gatherings is definitely the smart and safe move, but missing graduation is still a huge bummer. Many individual schools will be holding virtual, makeshift, heavily scaled-down graduation ceremonies in place of elaborate in-person celebrations. And Facebook, John Krasinski, iHeartMedia, and more are also holding their own virtual events for graduates.


Chadwick Boseman is bringing Wakanda to his alma mater — Howard University

Mashable

On May 12, the Class of 2018 at Howard University will be getting a visitor from Wakanda. No, the Black Panther isn't opening a science outreach facility on the Washington D.C. campus -- but he is returning to the'Mecca' and delivering the commencement address to the students crossing the stage with diplomas in hand. The historically black university is Chadwick Boseman's alma mater, and on Wednesday, they announced that Boseman would be coming back and delivering the commencement address during this year's graduation ceremony. While there, he will also be receiving an honorary degree. "He has played some of the most iconic African Americans that have transformed history, including Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Howard's own Thurgood Marshall," Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, Howard University president, wrote in a statement.