The Brief: Many students all over the world are disappointed over the fact that their educational institutions are canceling their graduations entirely or converting the ceremonies into virtual graduations due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Imagine being a senior college student or a soon-to-be high school graduate and the educational ceremony you have been waiting for your entire life is canceled, postponed, or even conducted online because of a global pandemic. Well, that is many student’s current realities because of the spread of the Coronavirus that has impacted almost every facet of everyday life.
California schools such as the University of California, Los Angeles, and San Jose State University have canceled their graduations altogether while other United States’ schools are postponing their graduations until further notice. Many students are taking their frustrations to the internet while others are trying to find solutions to an unfortunate occurrence that affected one of their life milestones.
UNG canceled graduation pic.twitter.com/0Un1BgAhwZ
— Erica (@EricaCuevas9) March 18, 2020
My son's group senior graduation party was just canceled, no winning the great prizes we got donated 😢. There is a question of whether or not there will be a graduation ceremony at all now. Bummer. #ClassOf2020 #caronapocalypse pic.twitter.com/P5mjXH5igQ
— Bravo Me Loves Cupcakes (@realityaddictx) March 18, 2020
Many millennials and Gen Zers are posting virtual graduation memes on Twitter and Instagram to try and lighten up a disappointing situation that is completely out of everyone’s control at the moment.
Virtual Graduation Memes:
mount holyoke seniors skyping into graduation after college gets canceled pic.twitter.com/PcYTc9FDXm
— eleanor h (@eleanorlakeh) March 10, 2020
— GoNintendoTweet (@GoNintendoTweet) March 15, 2020
“Virtual graduation ceremony” 🥂 pic.twitter.com/512oQ4Du13
— Millions 🧳 (@Khotso_Koo) March 16, 2020
I just ordered my graduation dress last night & they’re talking about doing a virtual commencement ceremony?? pic.twitter.com/oVtnk4MGzb
— sierra (@sierraisawk) March 11, 2020
Other soon-to-be graduates are finding simple ways to celebrate their educational achievements:
— Elizabeth Utley (@Elizabeth_Utley) November 17, 2019
So since they canceled my graduation ceremony my family thought it was best to have a virtual graduation. They set it up so my family from around the country can see me have my own little celebration. Through any dark time , my family always seems to find the light. 🎓🙏🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/6ilo02TU7s
— Marcus 🦍 (@flyymarcus_) March 17, 2020