Buffalo State University’s Class of 2020 walks the stage

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo State University’s Class of 2020 finally walked across the university’s stage to accept their diplomas on Saturday.

The students didn’t have the opportunity to in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Buffalo State Alumni Engagement told News 4 they planned the event after asking alums if they would like to return for a ceremony.

One of the 2020 graduates said it was amazing to be able to celebrate the accomplishment with his family.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were not able to have recognition be given to us, so I feel like it was a need, for those — like I’m not a first generation graduate myself, but there are many out there, and just graduates in general — to get their recognition,” Chad Williams said.

Katelyn Brickhouse, the university’s director of alumni engagement, said the campus thrives on connections. Saturday’s gathering gave the class of 2020 opportunities to connect with Buffalo State once again, she said.

“This is an experience they really missed out on, getting to hear their parents cheer for them, getting that, you know, acknowledgement, getting the campus rallied around them, to kind of have their moment,” Brickhouse said.

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Katie Skoog joined the News 4 team in April 2024. She is a graduate from the University at Buffalo. You can view more of her work here.

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