A unique scene played out at George Fox in early May: A line of vehicles, packed with celebrating graduates and their families, stretched from one side of campus to the other. Along the way, what felt like a parade route lined with cheering faculty, staff and alumni, a place to pause for family photos, and, of course, the big moment when grads received their diploma from President Robin Baker. For students who had endured more than a year of pandemic restrictions, this was a time to celebrate – to look back on obstacles overcome and forward to future dreams – all in a safe and socially distanced setting, surrounded by family. Joining the celebration were a number of 2020 graduates who finally got their chance to experience an in-person ceremony.

Someday COVID-19 will become nothing more than a distant memory. But it’s fair to say these graduates will never forget a commencement ceremony unlike any other.

A student and his family in the back of a pickup truck with baloons on it
A student looking through the windshield of a car with Nathan 2021 written on it
Two women, one is taking a selfie of both of the scene while the other, in graduation robes, is holding up a phone video calling two other women
A family stands on the bridge, while a student wearing graduation robes and a hawaian wreath jumps up in celebration in the center
A student in graduation robes holds back tears while she hugs someone
An SUV decorated with baloons has 'she shall go forth with singing' written on the back window
A student and family pose by the large 'Be Known' letters on campus
A male and female student pose for a photo by the Crisman Crossing bridge on campus
President Robin Baker hands a degree to a student, while holding a handmade sign that reads 'Annalisa #1'