MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Class of 2020 may as well be dubbed the Class of COVID-19.
Graduating seniors said an abrupt and socially distanced goodbye to their campuses in March when classes moved online in a matter of days. The pandemic stripped much of the pomp and all of the in-person options from commencement ceremonies. And the graduates now enter a job market in which unemployment is the highest since the Great Depression.
Here is how the coronavirus altered seven students’ futures, according to the Wisconsin State Journal:
Emily Gray, 23
Hometown: Mount Horeb
Major: Paralegal studies
Emily Gray needed 140 hours of internship experience to graduate from Madison Area Technical College’s paralegal program. She had accumulated just 40 of those hours when the spread of COVID-19 led to the Community Immigration Law Center’s closure.
Panic immediately set in that she would not receive her diploma this May. But instructors were “wildly accommodating” with makeup work, Gray said.