The University of Cincinnati is hosting the first in-person opening ceremony since the pandemic began

The University of Cincinnati is hosting the first in-person opening ceremony since the pandemic began

Updated: 1:00 p.m. EDT April 30, 2021

University of Cincinnati seniors prepare for a big Friday day. The university is holding its first in-person opening ceremony since the pandemic began. Thousands of Bearcats will fill the Nippert Stadium in their hats and robes to end one chapter and begin another. “I know that looking back on these memories will make me grateful in the future,” said Brittany Collier, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. The University of Cincinnati will recognize its largest graduating class of 6,866 students with degrees in communications. Nearly 16% of graduates are first-generation college students. Each graduate is allowed to bring two guests. Safety protocols are followed, everyone must wear masks, sit in assigned seats and wait WLWT News 5 spoke to graduates who say this year was different from any other. Together, students, family members, and friends of the University of Cincinnati will celebrate a major milestone. “Students have learned not to take these things for granted, and we all recognize the seriousness of this event and the scale and risk they are taking regarding COVID,” said Logan Lindsay, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium University of Cincinnati: Friday at 2 p.m. recognizes UC: College of Allied Health Sciences Lindner College of Business College of Engineering and Applied Sciences College of MedicineWinkle College of PharmacyUC Blue Ash CollegeUC Clermont College Friday at 6 p.m. recognizes UC: College of Arts and Sciences College -Conservatory of MusicCollege of Education, Criminal Justice and Human ServicesCollege of Design, Architecture, Art and PlanningCollege of Nursing

University of Cincinnati seniors prepare for a big Friday day. The university is hosting its first in-person opening ceremony since the pandemic began.

Thousands of bear cats will fill the Nippert Stadium in their hats and robes to end one chapter and begin another.

“I know that looking back on these memories will make me grateful in the future,” said Brittany Collier, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

The University of Cincinnati will recognize its largest graduating class, with 6,866 students earning degrees in communications, engineering, medicine, science, and more. Almost 16% of the graduates are first generation students.

Each graduate is allowed to bring two guests. The security protocols are followed. Everyone must wear masks, sit in assigned seating, and stay 6 feet apart.

WLWT News 5 spoke to alumni who say this year was different from any other. Together, students, family members, and friends of the University of Cincinnati celebrate a major milestone.

“Students have learned not to take these things for granted, and we all recognize the seriousness of this event and the scale and risk they are taking regarding COVID,” said Logan Lindsay, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

The ceremonies will take place at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium:

Friday at 2 p.m. UC recognizes:

  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Lindner College of Business
  • University of Technology and Applied Science
  • Medical college
  • Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • UC Blue Ash College
  • UC Clermont College

Friday at 6 p.m. UC recognizes:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College Music Conservatory
  • College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services
  • University of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
  • College of Nursing

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