To be fair, graduating from home is not something that I would have ever imagined, but honestly, nothing these past couple of months could have been predicted. From planned vacations to music festivals, everything was being canceled, so it was no surprise when commencement was postponed, as well.

It was definitely disheartening when this was announced. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for social distancing and valuing human lives above anything else, but I think it is entirely granted to mourn the important life events that were lost. This is especially true for events like graduation because it represents the end of a very important chapter in life. Especially because now, we are supposed to find our way into the real world.

After all the hard work, Lobos should continue to celebrate our achievements—safely from home. I’ll be honest, I was not very enthusiastic to celebrate from home. The effort did not seem worth it. However, during this time of social distancing, I am craving any form of change. Because of this, I celebrated with my parents.

My celebrations weren’t anything crazy. We made a nice meal, ate some ice cream, and I treated myself to some online shopping. While it’s not the typical commencement, it was nice to do something a little bit different then my typical quarantine day where I just wake up and get on my computer. 

I encourage my fellow Lobos to do the same. Just because our commencement was postponed does not mean that it was any less important. If you are quarantining alone, I recommend calling loved ones and celebrating over Zoom. Even something as simple as putting up some decorations will suffice. What we did is important. Let’s be proud of what we were able to accomplish, and get ready for this next step in our lives.