MSU celebrates class of 2020 with virtual graduation

Published: May. 16, 2020 at 9:54 AM EDT
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Michigan State University celebrated the class of 2020 during a streaming ceremony Saturday.

MSU president Dr. Samuel Stanley's first commencement was broadcast to more than 40 thousand people on Facebook live.

"It's nice to still have some sort of celebration in ad mist of all the craziness that's happening," said Emily Elderkin, who graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Many graduates, Elderkin were a little bummed this is how their time at MSU ended.

"It is a little bit disappointing just because I've waited four years to walk across a stage," she said.

The university tried to incorporate as much normalcy in the 20 minute virtual ceremony.

Many traditions for what some graduates call the "Quarantine Class" were included, such as the band to confirmation of degrees.

"It's super amazing they would do that for us," said Ethan Wolf, who graduated with a degree in Applied Engineering. "I thought it was super cool they decided to do that for us graduates. I was pretty sad we don't get do it in person."

Afterwards, many grads spent the day on campus for other traditions, like taking pictures with Sparty.

"It's not as busy obviously because of everybody being at home," said Elderkin.

MSU said its plans to invite the class of 2020 back to campus once it is safe to celebrate in person.

You can watch the online ceremony on MSU's Facebook page or commencement website.

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