2020 graduates from the Colleges of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, Education & Human Development, Science, and Engineering, as well as the Reynolds School of Journalism, the School of Medicine’s speech pathology program and the Orvis School of Nursing participate in one of eight University of Nevada, Reno commencement ceremonies this week inside Mackay Stadium in Reno on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
PHOTOS: In-person graduations cap-off a year of tumultuous online learning for Nevada college students
When Nevada college students moved their classes to Zoom last March, they — like many others — did so with an expectation of a temporary inconvenience.
A few weeks stretched into several months and eventually more than a year. Now, roughly 14 months later, that return to normalcy appeared a bit closer as thousands of students across Nevada’s seven degree-granting higher education institutions eschewed the virtual pomp and circumstance and were handed their certificates in the flesh.
Things were still a bit different than the pre-pandemic “normal,” though. Most ceremonies were held outdoors in non-traditional venues including massive football stadiums where distancing, masking and other COVID-precautions could be more easily enforced, and certain limitations — such as the number of guests permitted per graduate — remained.
But the week of commencement ceremonies both north and south provided the first tangible sign in more than a year that the college experience can return, even if a bit more waiting may be in store.
Continue scrolling to see a selection of photos from commencements at UNR and UNLV from Indy photographers David Calvert in Reno and Daniel Clark in Las Vegas.
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