BLACKSBURG, Va. – It’s commencement day for Virginia Tech!
Not like the graduates earlier than them, as a substitute of leaping up and right down to “Enter Sandman” in Lane Stadium, the Class of 2020 will spend their final moments as Hokies watching a digital graduation on Friday evening.
Lots of them discovered time to reunite with their closest pals on campus earlier than the large second.
On Friday morning, it appeared like each senior made their means again to Blacksburg.
One of many graduates’ mother and father jokingly stated that Hokies needed to take a quantity to get their spot on the steps of Burruss Corridor.
The campus is beaming with life once more, even when life didn’t go as anticipated for these grads.
Erin O’Connor nonetheless can’t consider it’s time for her to go away Virginia Tech.
“It’s loopy. Even simply trying again at freshman yr footage, it doesn’t appear that way back,” stated O’Connor.
That is greater than only a commencement celebration, it’s a homecoming for the seniors who’ve spent their final semester studying by way of pc screens.
“It’s been so rewarding simply to return again and see everybody else so comfortable to be right here. I don’t know, it’s simply superior to return again,” stated O’Connor.
The numerous spots on campus, Burruss Corridor and the Pylons, turned picturesque backdrops for these seniors’ swan tune.
Some grads, like Tyler Neeble, nonetheless went to Lane for previous time’s sake.
“I loved the soccer video games a lot. I loved sitting on the North Aspect and the East Aspect. It was a lot enjoyable, and I’m right here to expertise it once more,” stated Neeble.
These footage offered the pomp as graduates adjusted to the circumstances of their graduation.
The street by way of Tech could have taken a socially-distanced detour on the finish; nevertheless, it’s only a footnote within the Class of 2020′s quick, improbable voyage.
“I believe we’ve come to phrases with it as a lot as we will. It’s good to see everybody benefiting from it,” O’Connor.
“It’s a little bizarre with all the circumstances occurring, however it’s only a pleasure to put on the cap and robe proper now,” stated Neeble, who’s in a really distinctive place with commencement.
He’s going to graduate together with his grasp’s in civil engineering subsequent yr and stated he can’t wait to graduate in Lane when it’s time.
Click here to observe the Class of 2020′s digital graduation.
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