Through pomp and circumstance, nearly 200 took the stage at Averett University for in-person Commencement

Southside Virginia News

(Image courtesy of Averett University).

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Saturday was the day that nearly 200 students at Averett University were waiting for.

A total of 197 degrees were conferred during the live, in-person ceremony that was attended by 163 graduates who walked in the ceremony — all between the ages of 20 to 60 — including 17 veterans.

Seven international students received their degrees, including from Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

At least 40-percent of graduates from this year’s class were first-generation attendees, meaning they were the first in their families to go to college.

Of the graduates, 60-percent were traditional graduates and 40-percent were from Averett Online.

A total of 750 people were in attendance for Commencement during the outdoor ceremony held at Frank R. Campbell Stadium. During the ceremony, everyone was said to be socially distanced and were wearing masks.

View a special graduation gallery from the event below.

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