TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Mississippi State University held their first virtual graduation ceremony.
The university was forced to change their ceremony style because of the coronavirus. Although it wasn’t what seniors were expecting at the beginning of the semester.
“I’m thankful that Mississippi State put this ceremony on for us, even though I wish I was able to put on my cap and gown and walk across the stage, I got my degree”, Dondreia Blanchard said.
Blanchard decided to go back to school to get her Bachelor’s Degree. She persevered through challenges that non-traditional students face, and even the coronavirus.
“I’m beyond cloud nine right now. Is that even possible?”, Blanchard said.
Another graduate had a graduation day to remember, Spencer Kirkpatrick not only received the key to the city from Mayor Jason Shelton, but he also had a parade.
Spencer Kirkpatrick was a part of the ACCESS program, which serves students with intellectual disabilities by providing individual support and services for the academic and social inclusion of all aspects of campus life. He was a part of this program because he has Down Syndrome.
During his senior year, Kirkpatrick was also crowned Homecoming King. His father, Kevan Kirkpatrick said this will be a year they will always cherish.
“Everything that he’s been through from being elected homecoming king, meeting President Trump and finishing college when we never thought he would go to college. There’s truly no words for it.”
Both Blanchard and Kirkpatrick were thrilled to become MSU graduates.