"I feel like I’m missing out on the single most important moment of my college career."
The world is living in a state of fear and uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic expands across the globe. To help prevent the spread of the virus, schools of all levels have shut down and pivoted to remote learning, with some institutions have shifted to using video-chat programs like Zoom.
With no clear picture of when campuses can open their doors again, students have begun fearing what'll happen to their graduation ceremonies. Will they be postponed? Or cancelled altogether? And how will it feel to potentially miss the important life milestone, after years of hard work? Some schools, including Harvard, Temple, Columbia, and Barnard, have officially postponed or cancelled their commencement ceremonies; others are still waiting to make the call.
Men’s Health asked current seniors (at different levels of schooling) how they feel about potentially missing graduation this spring. Here’s what they had to say:
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