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UWS graduate shares story of educational journey through pandemic

Emily Ness
Updated: December 19, 2020 11:30 PM
Created: December 19, 2020 03:50 PM

Hundreds of students from both the University of Wisconsin Superior and the College of St. Scholastica moved the tassel on their caps from right to left during virtual graduation ceremonies Saturday.

While this certainly wasn't the commencement the Class of 2020 envisioned, one student told WDIO how he made the best of it.

Nathaniel Ballard, the University of Wisconsin Superior’s 2020 Commencement Speaker, said positivity and resiliency go a long way.

“We’ve been through a lot this year. We’ve been through the pandemic and wildfires and all these things that are happening around the world. Now, we know what we can handle and now we know what we can be strong through,” Ballard said.

In his virtual speech, Ballard addressed many of the adversities students faced this year leading up to graduation and praised them for persevering through them.

“Despite what we have gone through as students, we have persevered. Through it all, we have become stronger. And through it all, we have become equipped for anything that comes our way,” Ballard said.

As an Elementary Education major, Ballard hopes to apply all he has learned as a student during this time to his future teaching.

“It’s been nice to learn how to be able to adjust to obviously a pandemic, but adjust to you know, something that might come into the classroom,” Ballard said.

At large, over 700 students graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior on Saturday. Ballard wished them all the best.

“Keep pressing hard after dreams and goals and not let everything that's happened hold you back or keep you stuck,” Ballard said.

In a similar fashion, students from the College of St. Scholastica were also recognized for their accomplishments with a virtual graduation ceremony Saturday.

Meanwhile, Lake Superior College hopes to host a graduation ceremony in the spring at the DECC, but that could change as a result of the pandemic. While, UMD hopes to host a spring ceremony as well, but has not decided whether that will take place in-person or virtually.

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