When Shannon Lynch Albritton graduated from St. John's College in Santa Fe, N.M., in May 2020, he participated at the virtual beginning, like many older adults who completed the university during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now it is finally Albritton's opportunity to cross the stage.

The 24 -year -old graduate student at George Washington's University leads from her house in Washington, D.C., to New Mexico to attend his beginning of 2020 reprogrammed. She person with her classmates, many of whom she has not seen since St. John's changed to online learning in the middle of her senior spring.

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albritton said that a start in person was important for him and for him and for him and for him and for him and for him and for him and for him and for him and for him and for him, friends because his class was very small, some 80 students.

"St. John’s College is a tight community, and we did a lot together," Albritton said. “So I think that having this closure in person with all the pomp and circumstances is significant. It is a big difference when graduating on the screen. I start once it was sure enough to do it. Now that it is, the 2020 class will join the 2022 class next month for a joint graduation ceremony; The 2021 class was not invited, since they had a hybrid start last year, which students could attend virtually or in person. The president of St. John’s College, Nora Demenitner, will be this year's graduation speaker.

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"The 2020 class will return this year for our graduation on May 21, and we are very happy because half of the class has RSVP'd yes," said Chin, noting that 38 graduates of 2020 plan to return. "So two years have passed, but it seems that many students are making the trip back to Santa Fe."

are welcome to use the cap and robe by mail two years ago, chin said, or anything else they want.

Albritton said that his mother, dad and stepmother are flying for the event: Fewer's guests of what he initially planned for its beginning of 2020.

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  • When graduation in person was canceled two years ago, Albritton said that he and his classmates understood why. They were more disappointed that they could not participate in senior long -standing traditions, including dinner for the elderly, when graduates soon share a meal with their teachers.

    This year, they will finally get the opportunity. St. John's is organizing two senior dinners: one for the 2020 class and another for the 2022 class, Chin said.

    The graduates who return are grateful that the university has fulfilled its word.

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    "Some students, including myself, were skeptical that a graduation in person was even going to happen once," Albritton said. "On the other hand, at least I have tried to take a silver lining to graduate in 2020, which is different from any other graduation that the university has had."

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