While not the most ideal situation, major universities in the Triangle have to bid a virtual farewell to the Class of 2020 this weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of North Carolina will hold its virtual graduation this Sunday, May 10, on Mother's Day. The watch party will be available on the school's Facebook and YouTube page so graduates and their families can celebrate together.
At Duke University, they will be hosting a 'Marking the Moment' on Sunday as well. The university has yet to unveil what is planned for the event but promises a 'new interactive digital experience'.
Using the hashtag, #NCCU2020, North Carolina Central University has been recognizing graduates on social media. The university plans to celebrate their achievements in the coming weeks.
NC State University plans to release a video featuring Chancellor Randy Woodson in the coming days. Individual colleges at NC State are holding virtual celebrations. The university's homepage highlights thousands of graduating students.
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East Carolina University held its virtual ceremony on Friday, during which Chancellor Mitchelson and Student Government Association president Dr. Lynn Gangone delivered a commencement address. During the program, Mitchelson conferred all degrees and graduates were able to turn their tassels and celebrate.