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FSU seniors excited for in-person graduation, VSU maintains fall protocol

Thursday FSU announced in-person graduation for Spring 2021
Posted at 11:09 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 23:09:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Cap in hand and a face filled with joy, Florida State University senior Jenna Sypula is graduating in April and took her senior pictures Thursday.

"I'm very excited to be graduating in person," said Sypula.

Thursday's in-person graduation announcement is big news for her and fellow graduates.

"It's going to be surreal to walk across the stage, even if it's smaller ceremonies," Sypula said.

Eleven smaller ceremonies allow for social distancing.

That's not the only thing that will change, ceremonies will be held over two weekends.

Students say they are still grateful for the chance to march.

"It's an honor to share that with your family and friends," said graduate student Caileigh Jent.

The Noles may be the first University in Tallahassee to hold in-person graduation since the pandemic began, but they aren't the only University in the area to do it.

John Crawford, Vice President of University Advancement at Valdosta State University says they are continuing with the model used from last fall.

"It's going to look very similar to our very successful in-person commencement we were able to offer to our graduating seniors in December," said Crawford.

For the second commencement in VSU history, tickets will be required for capacity and guests will sit in pods.

Their graduation is in May and will be held outside.

Back in the Big Bend, Florida A&M University is still weighing in-person graduation for spring.

Telling ABC 27 in a statement in part, "Our decision will be made with the health and safety of our students, parents, faculty, and staff as our top priority. We expect to make a final decision soon."

While across the way, students are ready to walk across the stage.

"It's still such a big deal to do that, said Sypula.