HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After four years of hard work, sitting at home with the caps and gowns on is probably not what most Hastings College students expected at the end of their college years. One thing for sure is that nothing can change the memories and experiences these students got to reflect on Saturday.
After years of hard work, Hastings College students arrived at the much anticipated graduation day but things looked different than what they imagined. (KSNB)
The world is a different place than when these students walked onto the campus for the first time. They have achieved great things, some being the first in their families, some following their passions and dreams.
“It makes no difference where we gather or how,” Hastings College Board of Trustees Chair Roger Doerr said. “We are simply thrilled to be able to celebrate each member of this distinguished class.”
The ceremony aired across the world for the graduates to celebrate with their families at home. Each name was read out loud with the assumed pause for cheers from those who care for that student.
The Student Association President challenged his classmates to continue on with what the college has taught them of being curious into their lives.
“People really are going to miss this place. Maybe that is what people will think is just how much they really cherish Hastings College because just not being able to finish out those last memories but then there are plenty more that we all have,” Kaelan Dea said.
For a normal class, graduation leads to a new world of unknowns, for the class of 2020 most things about the future are uncertain. Dea said Hastings College has prepared them for challenges they could face.
“Hastings College has changed my life, it's changed all of the 2020 graduate's lives, I think it's changed the campus's life for the better,” Dea said.
There are some plans for an informal graduation celebration in the fall for students who can make it. It is hard to know what the graduation for 2021 will look like, but the class of 2020 took the changes in stride.