By Joe Garvey

Old Dominion University commemorated its fall 2020 graduation class with a weeklong celebration, culminating with Saturday's virtual commencement.

Nearly 2,500 students received bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees.

"Graduates, the last few semesters have been unlike any we experienced in years past," President John R. Broderick said. "With the resiliency that defines our Monarch spirit, together we have risen to face every challenge that has come our way during this global pandemic. I am proud of your commitment to Reign Responsibly on campus. As seniors and as graduate students, you served as leaders to underclassmen."

President Broderick acknowledged the adversity students faced.

"For many, 2020 has been a difficult year, but as Monarchs, you not only adjusted but thrived, demonstrating your agility, innovation and determination," he said.

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The celebration included several virtual events during Graduation Week, including bucket list and mortarboard decorating challenges, a "Fill in the blanks ODU Grads" template on Instagram, the annual Student Honors and Awards celebration, a "Throwback Thursday" where students could share recreated photos from their freshman year and today, and an ultimate Class of 2020 #FBF (Flashback Friday), allowing them to relive the past four years of their Monarch experience while jamming to a #ODUGrad Spotify playlist.

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This is not the final celebration for the Class of 2020.

"I look forward to formally celebrating and applauding your accomplishments in an in-person ceremony, hopefully in April," President Broderick said. "In the meantime, from all of us at ODU, congratulations!"

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