In lieu of traditional commencement exercises thwarted by the coronavirus, the geology department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo hosted a virtual graduation party that was attended by graduates and their families, current students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
“Each graduate got a rock hammer engraved with their name, symbolically presented,” writes Jené Michaud in an email. Michaud is professor and chair of the geology department. “The alumni turnout was really impressive.”
There were 57-plus attendees on the Zoom video conference platform, in some cases multiple people on one Zoom account.
“It was great to catch up with what the alumni were doing,” says Michaud.