In virtual celebrations honoring the 2020 graduates of Stanford Graduate School of Education, faculty recognized the extraordinary efforts of their students during an uncertain time and praised their commitment to serve society through teaching, discovery, and innovation.
Over several days from June 12-18, the GSE held separate online meetings and webinars celebrating graduates of its master's, PhD, and undergraduate programs.
Many faculty donned caps and gowns to bring some of the pomp and circumstance of a traditional commencement into the virtual space. Still, the ceremonies were not a replacement for an in-person celebration that all graduates will be invited to attend at Stanford when it's allowed.
"This is an extraordinary time in which you are graduating," said GSE Dean Dan Schwartz in a video address, referring to the novel coronavirus and the renewed conversations and rallies around racial injustice that have defined the spring quarter. "Within all of this, I do think it's important to recognize your achievements."
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