Sun Devil Class of 2020
The email we’ve all been waiting for was delivered to our inboxes this morning. Our graduation commencement for the class of 2020 will be online. We all knew this was coming, seeing as the shelter in place in Arizona will last at least until April 30th and graduation ceremonies would’ve been held in early May. Even though we all saw it coming, it doesn’t lessen the blow.
After years of working towards our degrees, attending lectures, submitting assignments at 11:59 pm, setting our alarms at 6 am to make sure we get a seat in the right classes, the final celebration is now canceled. It doesn’t feel quite finished.
With a month left of classes, now online, motivation is at an all-time low. I didn’t know I was looking forward to defending my thesis and taking a picture with my team after it was over. I didn’t know the effects transitioning to online would take on my project-based classes. I didn’t know how much I appreciated attending my classes in person, increasing my chances of engaging with the professor and other students.
What will happen next? With many events canceled, what do we have to look forward to? How do we make plans for the future when we don’t know when our lives will be un-paused?
All of the work that we have put into our degrees will not go unnoticed. We are so privileged to pursue higher education together and we have still succeeded in many ways. I’m still proud, still excited and still grateful. How are you, Class of 2020, planning on celebrating still during this uncertain time?