We must admit, our graduates need to feel special especially during this time when most traditional graduations are canceled. What I love about the class of 2020 and their parents are how creative they have been while trying to find alternatives to celebrating their many accomplishments.
In a post from Because of Them We Can they shared a story of a proud father who had a stage, podium, and participants dressed in full regalia to honor his daughter, Gabrielle, and her degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.
The set up caught the attention of a neighbor who shared the event on Instagram saying, “My next door neighbors daughter couldn’t have her official graduation due to the pandemic so her created one for her! Now that’s a great/proud father for you. He made it happen!”
The program details all of the elements one would expect to see at a normal graduation — a procession, invocation, national anthem, welcome, song, commencement address and most important, the conferring of degree followed by the recessional.
After doing the hard work to earn her Bachelors of Public Health Science with a Minor in Biology, Gabrielle’s family was determined to create the space to cheer her on for all to see.
According to the program, Gabrielle is heading into the Armed Forces to fulfill her dream of working for the CDC. Watch the video clip below:
We wish her all the best!
photo credit: Delandrion Todd