IOWA CITY, IA (06/17/2020)-- More than 5,700 University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate, and professional students graduated this spring under extraordinary circumstances.
Emma Tokuyama of Saline, was among the students conferred their degrees. Tokuyama was a student in the College of Engineering whose program of study was Electrical Engineering. The degree awarded was a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
The month of May usually finds the UI's beautiful campus teeming with families and students in their caps and gowns. They pose in front of Old Capitol, they walk along the Iowa River, and they visit the haunts and hangouts that have been a big part of their time on campus. However, the effects of COVID-19 forced these important celebrations to take place elsewhere. Shouts of joy and pride happened in homes all around the world, where students and their families are safe.
During this worldwide pandemic, the university supported commencement celebrations despite being unable to host them in person. Members of the Hawkeye community filmed short videos of encouragement, and each college produced a virtual livestream ceremony. Packages containing commemorative programs and other celebratory items were sent to graduating Hawkeyes everywhere, and those students who want to walk across a graduation stage in person will be able to do so at a future ceremony.