Graduation cap with tassel

After two semesters of virtual graduations, IUP is having an in-person graduation for the first time since December 2019.

After a grueling three semesters of online learning, many IUP students are excited for this spring’s in-person graduation.

“I will be attending in-person graduation because I feel like this is something that just isn’t the same done via video,” Alyssa Podrasky (senior, human resource management) said.

According to the IUP website, undergraduate degree ceremonies will take place Saturday. All events will take place at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC). Each graduating undergrad student will receive three tickets for their guests, and master’s and doctoral graduates will receive four tickets. This was done to limit the amount of people in the area.

Along with an in-person graduation, students are also offered a Celebration Toast on Saturday. Students are excited for this year's graduation to feel “legit,” despite the COVID-19 pandemic still in full effect.

“I am attending in-person graduation because I think it will make graduation feel more real, and my parents are excited to see me walk across the stage,” Hannah Brant (senior, biology) said.

Last year, many schools decided on virtual graduation as the country was in the heat of the pandemic. Students and their parents listened to their names get called online; it just wasn’t the “real deal.”

“I will be attending in-person graduation,” Samantha Gabe (senior, nursing) said. “I have worked very hard for this moment, and I want something to show.”

This is another reason why students are thrilled to be offered an in-person graduation. After working hard for four straight years, taking hard exams and anything else that comes along with a college career, they don’t want another graduation ceremony online. Walking across a stage really boosts a student's confidence after four or more years of being at a university.

“I will be attending in-person graduation,” Brianna Miller (senior, human development) said. “I’ve worked very hard, and my parents are also expecting me to walk across the stage.”

Parents are eager to see their children walk. Although, some students would rather stay in for this one.

“I will not be attending in-person graduation,” Amanda Ceccarelli (senior, journalism and public relations) said. “But I still bought a cap and gown for the memories.”

Students can only hope that online graduation ceremonies will continue to be a thing of the past for the upcoming years.

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