It wasn’t the graduation they expected, but nearly 10,000 graduates joined the “Made at Sac State” family June 6, as Sacramento State held a Virtual Graduation Celebration for its newest alumni.
Starting at 10 a.m., graduates and their families gathered in person or virtually across the state and the world to view video messages from President Robert S. Nelsen, student speakers and others; hear their names called; and perform the ceremonial moving of the graduation cap tassel, formally marking their entry into the community of college graduates.
The University held the online celebration in lieu of traditional Commencement ceremonies at Golden 1 Center, which have been postponed until May 2021 by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the virtual nature of the ceremony didn’t stop graduates, families, and others from honoring their accomplishments — often in style (and with the help of Sac State’s graduation graphics kit). Here’s how they celebrated:
Several alumni welcomed graduates into the “Made at Sac State” family — with a special assist from the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Republic FC.
As the semester wound down, President Nelsen had a special message for a graduating class whose tenacity will forever define them.
Members of the Class of 2020 also wanted to let their fellow grads know that “we are different, and we are going to make a difference.”
One creative Hornet wanted the world to know, “Hey, look ma, I made it.”
Despite classes moving online in March, several students still took advantage of the beautiful Sac State campus for some amazing grad photos.
Others shared how they were celebrating from home with loved ones.
And of course, when the time came, our grads were ready for the moment.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We are so proud of you, and we are so proud you are Made at Sac State!