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Chico State students react to University's decision to hold in-person commencement

Action News Now spoke with university officials at Chico State who described the plans to celebrate last year and this years' graduates safely.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 4:55 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2021 5:53 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State students who graduated in 2020 will now have the opportunity to walk across the stage and get their diploma, one year later.

Action News Now spoke with University officials who described the plans to celebrate last year and this years' graduates safely.

Due to restrictions this year, the university will only be allowing graduates to participate in the commencement ceremonies. 

"I was just really grateful that Chico State was going to do something for the graduates," graduating student, Julia Maldonado said.

"They will march in and sit and listen to speeches and when the time comes they will cross the stage, 6 feet apart, with a mask, be on-camera so the people at home can watch them and march back and be dismissed in an ordinary fashion," Director of Public Engagement, Stephen Cummins said.

RELATED: Chico State announces in-person graduations for the classes of 2020 and 2021

Graduating senior, Mike Johnson said he's concerned about the in-person celebration.

"I would not be inclined to walk this year because I think it sets a bad example," Johnson said. "I don't know if this is the right call, but I also don't wanna rain on the parade of my fellow graduates who are excited to walk this year and are not concerned about the same things I am."

Cummins said any student who isn't comfortable walking can participate virtually.

The University said each ceremony will be limited to about 500 students.

The ceremony for the class of 2020 will take place on May 16 and commencement ceremonies for the class of 2021 will begin on May 20.

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