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Carolina hosts a Class of 2020 virtual celebration

On May 10, the University held a Class of 2020 video watch party celebration so graduates and their families could celebrate together until it’s safe to hold an in-person ceremony.

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The UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 2020 will go to Carolina in their minds for graduation day as the campus remains closed to non-essential business in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Shortly after spring break, students and faculty nimbly adapted from in-person to remote instruction. Now, the students who would be turning their tassels on May 10 in Kenan Memorial Stadium will mark the day unlike any other class in Carolina’s history.

On May 10, the University held a video watch party on UNC-Chapel Hill’s Facebook and  UNC-Chapel Hill’s YouTube so graduates and their families could celebrate together until it’s safe to hold an in-person ceremony. The stream included special messages to the Class of 2020 from Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, senior class officers and others, special videos and virtual performances by Harmonyx and the Clef Hangers.

Continue to look for more celebratory content throughout the weekend on UNC-Chapel Hill’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, including images of the Bell Tower lit up in Carolina blue Saturday evening to honor the Class of 2020.

While these springtime celebrations will happen virtually, there’s no substitute for coming together with classmates to mark this milestone. Guskiewicz has promised students they will not miss that pivotal part of their Carolina journey. Plans are in works to host the Class of 2020 back on campus for a postponed ceremony.