I don’t think there is any reason for me to go into any more detail about how much this sucks, especially for high school and college seniors.
Honestly, I am just tired of hearing about COVID-19. I am not tired of hearing everyone’s story about how they are being honored at their school.
For high school, I don’t know that much. I live more than three hours north of my hometown called Fitzgerald. I don’t know anyone who is getting their high school diploma this year. Nevertheless, I feel just as bad for them.
I have been keeping up with what universities plan to do. I have good friends that go to other schools. I don’t want their hard work to go unnoticed.
I’m in the same boat.
I didn’t know what the University of Georgia was going to do. To be honest, I did not get my hopes up. When the first announcement was made that graduation had been cancelled, I immediately began thinking about my family. They might have been more excited to see me walk across that stage than I was. I felt sad for them and myself.
I couldn’t help but also think about all the other graduates that would be right by me in Sanford Stadium. They worked just as hard as I did. They deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. I do too. We all worked so hard over the last few years to make it to this point. How could all that be taken away from us?
Time and time again, the Grady Sports Media Program has proven to be the best one there is. They were not going to let some virus steal the show. I was relieved when I received an email saying that a virtual celebration was in store for the graduates of the program.
I didn’t know what to expect, but my hopes were back up. And they did not disappoint.
My professors and friends went above and beyond to make this celebration as great as it could be. Getting to experience a ‘draft’ of each graduating member and hearing what we bring to a ‘team’ was awesome. Cap that off with some moving speeches and you’ve got the icing on top of the cake.
At this point, a decision was made by UGA. Undergraduate and graduate commencement is no longer cancelled. They have been postponed to October and December. Once again, I immediately thought about family and friends. Knowing that we will get to have this well-earned experience was enough for me.
Some colleges settled on a virtual graduation, and that’s great. I don’t know why I ever doubted the greatest university in the country.
While I am now technically a UGA alumni, it still doesn’t feel that way. I know I turned in my last assignment. I took my last final. I did my last broadcast as a student. However, I still feel like I am waiting around for the fall semester to start.
I’m assuming that’s not an uncommon feeling, but these circumstances are not common as well. I guess myself and others will have to wait.
No matter where I am or what I’m doing I will make sure that my schedule is free on October 16.
I speak for many when I say that I worked too hard not to graduate the right way.
Wil Wynn is the sports intern for The Oconee Enterprise. Opinions expressed are those of the writer.