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Valdosta State will hold first virtual graduation ceremony in school history on Saturday

Posted at 7:24 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 19:24:55-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — Mother's Day weekend is usually the start of graduation season, but due to COVID-19 those ceremonies will look a lot different this year.

This Saturday evening at 7 p.m., Valdosta State University is holding their first virtual graduation in school history.

While their 1,500 graduates won't get a chance to walk across the stage, the school wanted to recognize all of their hard work.

Each grad will have a digital slide that plays during the ceremony.

"It's a huge big deal graduating college," said Dr. Robert Smith, the provost of Academics at VSU. "We're so disappointed we can't be there to give them handshakes and hugs from our students when they walk across the stage. But we want them to know that we're still celebrating with them on Saturday night."

Spring graduates will also be honored during a ceremony at homecoming in the fall, and if they want they can also walk across the stage in VSU's winter graduation they can.