Chico State’s Class of 2020 finally celebrates graduation

The coronavirus denied Chico State’s Class of 2020 the chance to walk for commencement last year, but that all changed Sunday, May 16, at University Stadium.

Posted: May 16, 2021 8:25 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 4:39 PM

CHICO, Calif. - After a year of waiting, more than 400 students from the Class of 2020 were finally able to walk across the stage to celebrate their graduation.

Makenna Cabri was one of those students.

“Last year I was sitting at home watching it on my TV screen, so I am glad we got the opportunity,” Cabri said. “There was a moment where I didn’t think it was going to happen but I really am glad it did.”

Resmi Tiglao, another graduate, thought the same way.

“I honestly made peace with myself that I wasn’t going to walk so when they told us that it was going to happen, my family was like, ‘You need to do it!’ So, we did it!” she beamed.

A ceremony that usually consists of some 3,600 students, one thing never changed: the smiles and cheers as teachers and students alike watched their peers complete a major milestone.

For College of Business faculty member, Tom Wilder, was simply happy to see his students in-person.

“It was fun to see them, and it was fun to watch them walk across the stage," Wilder said. "They were very excited. It was awesome just to be back on campus. We missed doing this last year so it’s great to be back here.”

Bryanna Melendez, another graduate, shared, “We really needed this to have a closure. Just that moment of switching just felt so good."

What’s next for the Class of 2020?

“I just finished the credential program, and I just got a job as a first-grade teacher back in my hometown," Cabri said.

Tilgado cheered, “Vegas! I’m moving out there for a new life and new beginning.”

The next in-person ceremony will be this Thursday for the Masters Class of 2020 and 2021.

For links to all ceremonies, click here.

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