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  • The Herald Journal Friday, May. 01, 2020

    USU Class of 2020 Quietly Marks Graduation

    The commencement that wasn’t passed by quietly on the Utah State University campus on Thursday and Friday with a trickle of students in caps and gowns having their pictures taken in front of university landmarks. The most popular spot seemed to be the “Block A” on the northeast corner of Old Main, where USU students traditionally gather each Homecoming for a kissing ritual that certifies them as “True Aggies.” But social distancing — at least between non-family members — was the order of the day Friday, in keeping with the state and national COVID-19 recommendations that led to postponement of this spring’s commencement exercises. The university is planning to mark commencement in late August, if public health circumstances allow. Eric Christensen and his family drove up from Layton for a Block A photo op, and the aviation-maintenance graduate posed for a photo holding his 2-year-old son, Nels, along with side-by-side pictures with other family members. Asked if he was disappointed about cancellation of the originally scheduled ceremony, Christensen said, “Yes and no. I’m not a big fan of big ceremonies, but graduation is a once-in-a-life time event.”

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