‘It wasn’t easy’ but December graduates get their day, with Biden leading way | University Business
Although COVID-19 outbreak wiped out December commencement ceremonies recently at the University of Maryland, many other colleges and universities were able to host live events this past weekend despite concerns about the spread of the omicron variant.The most prominent was President Joe Biden’s appearance at South Carolina State University’s ceremony, in which he referenced the pandemic, the challenges being faced by graduates and responding to this moment like no other.
…The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay celebrated with 500-plus grads and family members for its first face-to-face December commencement since 2019. And, like Biden, UW Regent Cris Peterson noted how graduates must not cower during this crisis but embrace their role in this new normal. “Opportunities often come from disasters, conflict, disease, disappointments and heartbreak,” she said. “Rise like the Phoenix and make this the beginning you’ve dreamed of.”