Graduating During a Pandemic

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Graduating During a Pandemic


Azariah Atiyeh







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Whitehall, Pennsylvania

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I graduated from Whitehall High School on June 4, 2020. Except it wasn't a typical graduation spent with crowds of people in a stadium or with the kids you grew up with. It was in my living room with my families television on. Now luckily I got to watch my classes live stream graduation with the people I love the most, my parents and brothers. But there was still something missing. I did not get to watch my best friends walk across that stage after all their hard work these past four years. I remember entering High school in 2016 so eager for my chance to walk across that stage. But I never got it. I got my picture plastered on a video with my name bolded beside it. And I watched as almost 400 people in my class got the same thing. We spent four years waiting for our big day only for it to never happen. I am grateful for my High school's efforts in celebrating class of 2020. Although it was not the desired outcome we had all hoped for at least we got something.



Azariah Atiyeh, “Graduating During a Pandemic,” Shippensburg University Community Response to COVID-19, accessed August 18, 2022,