Graduates in the class of 2020 waited five months to formally celebrate commencement after campus shutdown in the spring because of a worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony, held Sunday, Oct. 11, occurred days after Franklin College temporarily suspended in-person classes because of a spike in COVID-19 cases among student-athletes.

The event was held outside in Faught Stadium, a space that allowed for physical distancing and for guests to attend. Masks were required.

See more from the event in the following photo gallery by photographers Kyra Howard and Maggie McGuire.

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