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Hampshire College Commencement Celebrated Grads After a Challenging Year

The ceremony honored 214 students who graduated from Hampshire this year.

After a year of remote and in-person learning, COVID-19 restrictions and required weekly testing for all students, Hampshire College officially graduated its class of 2021 on Saturday.

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette :

The ceremony honored 214 students who graduated from Hampshire this year. Although the college operated with hybrid in-person and remote activities this semester, the commencement ceremony was online. It was made available to students and their families via Zoom and streamed on the College’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

COVID-19 was an unavoidable topic throughout the ceremony — every speaker mentioned the particular challenges faced by the class due to the ongoing pandemic.

“Every one of you was given the opportunity to fail. Every excuse to give up, and every reason to take an easier path,” college President Ed Wingenbach said in his address to the graduates. “You persisted.”

Student speakers also emphasized the pandemic-imposed challenges they faced this year, cheering themselves and their peers for finally crossing the imaginary finish line created by the online space.

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View a photo album from the in-person Bell-Ringing Celebration, which took place on Friday, May 14.

Watch the ceremony below:

 

 

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