Photos: The Class of 2020 Finally Gets to Walk the Lawn, Celebrate Together

May 16, 2021 By Sanjay Suchak, Sanjay Suchak,

When the University of Virginia shifted classes online last year as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the members of the Class of 2020 had to give hasty goodbyes to their friends and head home for the second half of their final semester. They celebrated their graduation virtually and sent well-wishes to one another via social media.

On Sunday, they were able to gather together as a class for the first time since those surreal days more than a year ago.

Take a look at their triumphant walk down the Lawn and ceremony in Scott Stadium, where speaker Melody Barnes, co-director of the UVA Democracy Initiative, told them, “Your strength, your patience and your passion make you one of the most special classes to ever graduate from UVA.”

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Graduates walking across the lawn from the Rotunda
Graduates walking and waving
View of the graduates walking up steps taken between two columns
Two graduates look at one phone
Graduates walking up the steps of the Rotunda
Graduates in caps and growns having their picture taken by another graduate
UVA faculty, Executive Leadership, and students walking across the Lawn from the Rotunda
President Jim Ryan and other UVA Leadership walking in their Graduation robes down a road in Grounds
Graduates embracing each other as they walk
Graduates walking past a building that has standing cardboard cutouts of people waving
Graduates walking and smiling through Grounds while they carry various balloons
UVA graduations walk in their robes down the road carrying balloons
Graduates walking under a banner that reads This is Grounds for Celebration
Graduates walking down the road to Final Exercises
Graduates walking into final exercises with a Cavalier on a horse watching
Group of graduates standing together
Graduates sitting in socially distanced chairs
Families socially distanced in the stands standing for the graduates coming in.
Melody Barnes standing at the podium giving a speech at graduation
Graduates watching big screen has speaker is shown on the screen
Graduates standing and clapping
Graduate standing up waving towards the crowd
Graduates standing, cheering and clapping

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