WTs Commencement Ceremony displays COVID safety protocols

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CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Saturday, West Texas A&M University held its first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019.

Executive Director of the WTAMU Alumni Association, Ronnie Hall, said it’s a thrill to hold something in person.

“It’s been a long year, it’s been a challenging year for a lot of people. WT put a lot of effort into the online and virtual graduations, but we are so thrilled to be welcoming this alumni class in person for graduation today,” said Hall

Usually, the ceremony is held in the First United Bank Center on campus, but to follow COVID safety guidelines, it was moved outdoors and the university cleaned and sanitized between ceremonies.


Levi Zemanuel, a student that graduated Saturday said after such a long year, it is nice to celebrate.

“It’s just a moment that we can look up and enjoy as a campus community. It’s a blessing to be here with all of my peers and my classmates,” said Zemanuel.

Zemanuel had advice for anyone with questions about pursuing their next steps in higher education.

“Go for it. In the end, it going to be beneficial for you and your family,” added Zemanuel.

WT officials said 1,300 students graduated Saturday over three ceremonies at Buffalo Stadium.

The ceremonies also included more than 200 graduates from May and December 2020, who chose to participate in this year’s in-person event.

Amarillo College will also be returning to in-person graduation this spring as well, as they host two ceremonies next Friday at 3 PM and 7 PM.

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