Bloomsburg University holds first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019
BLOOMSBURG, Pa .– Music filled Bloomsburg University’s Redman Stadium as the Class of 2021 sat in their chairs.
Graduates mark a milestone in stepping away from school and looking to their future – but the biggest milestone is the graduation itself, as it’s one more step back to normalcy .
This was the first in-person graduation the school has been hosting since 2019.
“I thought it was gonna be live again, yeah, months ago. Then it was in person, it was pretty awesome, ”said Vincent Plesso, graduate.
This graduation was intended for students of Bloomsburg’s master’s programs. Each graduate was allowed to invite two guests.
There were several security measures in place, including social distancing in the stands, and masks were required.
Guests had to register in two tents before being allowed in and wear bracelets to show they were on the approved list.
Hand disinfection stations have been installed around the stadium.
Will Shu, his mother and his Elysburg grandmother say they are grateful that Bloomsburg made this possible.
“It’s great, I didn’t think we were going to have this opportunity, and it’s great that everyone can come together,” said Shu.
“Were excited. We’re so excited. We must have missed last year. He got his MBA last year. And we saw him online. But we’re so happy we could be here to be in nobody, ”said her mother, Kim Shu.
Graduate Amanda Sibley is proud to share the day with her family.
“Absolutely, they’ve been supportive of me the whole time so I’m really happy to have them with me,” Sibley said. “I wasn’t sure if it was in person this year, so it’s really exciting.”
Participants said they were not worried that graduation would be safe.
“Of course, yes, the school still takes the necessary precautions,” Plesso said.
Bloomsburg University will host four other separate degrees at the football stadium over the weekend. There will be social distancing and there will be rain or shine.