WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Saturday marks a significant day for Post University in Waterbury. After a long year-plus of COVID-19 restrictions, the school hosted its first in-person commencement exercises since the pandemic hit.
A procession of about 1,000 proud soon-to-be graduates marched downtown to the Palace Theater passing family and friends who were there snapping pictures to capture the moment.
“I feel misty-eyed because it’s a dream come true,” said Kathleen More, a 72-year-old graduate ahead of the ceremonies. “You’re never too old to go back to school.”
“I get emotional about this,” added Katelyn Andres, another soon-to-be grad.
The ceremony itself was held inside The Palace Theater. Post University required face masks and social distancing. Administrators at the university feel it’s a miracle this can happen given what we all experienced this time last year.
They’re including last year’s graduates who were robbed of a traditional college graduation experience. Theirs was done virtually online.
“Being able to bring our 2020 graduates and our 2021 graduates together for commencement this weekend is a huge deal,” said Elizabeth Johnson, provost of Post University. “This is our Super Bowl. It is such a big deal to us.”