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Gallery: Class of 2020 celebrates rescheduled commencement

Updated: Oct 19

Some graduates gather at Franklin College for a socially distanced ceremony, five months late because of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Franklin Staff


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.

Next to a fellow graduate, Emma Clark walks out of Fraught Stadium after receiving her degree. Photo by Kyra Howard.

Meredith Clark-Wiltz, assistant professor of history, accepts a faculty award on behalf of political science professor Allison Fetter-Harrott. Photo by Kyra Howard.

Hands full of appreciation, graduates Laura Smith and Jacob Wier thank their families for their help in their success. Photo by Maggie McGuire.

A row of graduates with decorated caps watch as fellow graduates walk across the stage while waiting their turn. Photo by Kyra Howard.

Graduate Austin Kitchen, signs Franklin’s alma mater for the 2020 commencement. A member of the military, Kitchen received the honor to sing. Photo by Maggie McGuire.

Graduate Kassidy Andrews receives her degree as she walks across the stage from President Kerry Prather at the Oct. 11 commencement ceremony. Photo by Maggie McGuire.


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