A year ago, December graduates from the three colleges in La Crosse were doing the traditional cap-and-gown, large room commencement ceremonies.
Nobody was expecting there would be a vastly different situation this December, because of a pandemic.
All three local schools have virtual celebrations this weekend.
Viterbo has two separate live-streamed ceremonies on Saturday, while UW-L and Western will have programs available on-line for the graduates and their families.
UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow thinks the distanced graduations might carry on for at least one more semester.
“It looks like (in-person graduation) probably won’t be possible in the spring, but we’ll do everything we can,” said Gow. “But certainly a year from now, according to the health officials who are leading the way, we ought to be able to get back to normal.”