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Class Of 2020 Angry, Frustrated With Penn State’s Planned Virtual Commencement

Penn State announced Monday that it would honor the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 in place of traditional pomp and circumstance.

In an email to seniors, President Eric Barron also stated the university was “exploring options” for an in-person celebration later down the line, but details regarding such an event remain to be seen.

Naturally, seniors took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to vent their feelings, question Penn State’s choice, and voice their collective frustrations. Some even called on the university to “do better” to honor its graduates, who already lost their final semester to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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