After a year’s long delay, Roanoke College’s Class of 2020 walks the stage to officially collect diplomas

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Members of Roanoke College’s Class of 2020 toss their caps to celebrate their accomplishments. (Image courtesy of Roanoke College).

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – After last year’s in-person graduation was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students with Roanoke College’s Class of 2020 finally were able to collect their diplomas, officially, during the college’s Commencement.

Last year’s ceremony was held virtually but on Saturday, May 22, the Class of 2020 returned for their in-person ceremony at Salem Stadium.

“Never forget that you are twice graduated from Roanoke College,” Michael C. Maxey, President of Roanoke College told the Class of 2020. “No one has ever done that and I hope it leads to a special bond between and among you and between and among your college.”

The Class of 2020 was comprised of 428 graduates from 30 states in five countries.

Three students earned valedictorian honors and even though not all of them were able to make it to graduation on Saturday, all three were recognized during the ceremony.

Three honorary degrees were handed out during the ceremony as well.

Doreen H. Fishwick received the honorary degree of Doctor of Commerce. Tom T. Hall received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. Dr. Donald E. Morel, Jr. received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

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