There were no pomp and circumstance playing or crowds of beaming parents reaching over each other to snap photos.

But North Central College in Naperville forged ahead with their planned graduation ceremony anyway on Sunday afternoon, gathering students and families together on a live webcast rather than on campus.

“This isn’t the type of ceremony any of us wanted, but I hope you still find moments that really speak to you,” said President Troy Hammond as he welcomed viewers, wearing traditional regalia.

Colleges and universities across Illinois and the country are trying to find ways to celebrate the class of 2020 after the COVID-19 shutdown made in-person graduations impossible this spring. Some universities have postponed in-person commencements until next year, while others are planning virtual ceremonies.

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