After unprecedented senior year, UNL grads excited to share moment with friends and family

On Saturday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduates shared what it means for them to earn their diplomas after a senior year unlike any other.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Few college graduating classes in American history have had to overcome the challenges the class of 2021 has overcome.

On Saturday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduates shared what it means for them to earn their diplomas after a senior year unlike any other.

“It means a lot,” UNL grad Jackie McCabe said. “We’ve had a tough year. We haven’t been able to do a lot of things that we’ve wanted to, so to be able to be with everyone one final time, it means a lot.”

Last year’s graduating class saw their commencement get postponed. This year’s graduates were grateful that they got to share this moment with friends and family.

“It’s super exciting,” UNL grad Katherine Ciesielski said. “I was not expecting to get to have an in–person commencement ceremony.”

What makes the class of 2021 so special?

“I would just say that we are very resilient and just have had to overcome a lot of obstacles in learning how to adapt to our new learning environment and virtual internships and the job search right now,” Ciesielski said. “I would just say we’re a very resilient class.”

Graduates shared what their time at UNL has meant to them.

“I would say it’s the home away from home that I never really knew how much i needed until i got here,” UNL grad Lauren Kubat said. “Now it’s done, which is so sad, but it’s also exciting.”

“A lot of people that I’ve met, we’re going to be friends forever, and we have memories that will last a lifetime,” McCabe said.

Today’s commencement ceremony was the first ever held in Memorial Stadium. In total, 3641 diplomas will be handed out over the course of this weekend, the most ever for a UNL graduating class.

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