TCU hosts in-person graduation ceremonies for Class of 2020, 2021; TWU holds drive-thru event at TMS

College graduates who did not get the chance to cross the stage last year can do so this weekend at Texas Christian University.

The Class of 2020 was invited to return for ceremonies Friday and Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU’s Class of 2021 will be celebrated there as well.

The university said that while the pandemic has made it challenging for some graduates entering the job market, it’s given others a unique skillset.

"The class of 2021 has demonstrated tremendous skills in navigating the constantly changing employment market. Virtual learning in some instances has turned into ‘virtual employment’ as students accept jobs where they will be working/training from home," said Holly Ellman, a spokeswoman for TCU.

While one student begins training for a job as an investment banking analyst at Bank of America virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, another is working remotely for eBay as a software engineer and has already launched a beta eBay program at TCU.

Meanwhile, Texas Woman’s University is celebrating graduates with drive-thru ceremonies at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday.

Texas Woman’s University graduates entered the pit and were ready to reach the coveted spot at Texas Motor Speedway.

2021 TWU graduates and their families showed excitement and pride in the unique pandemic-friendly ceremony.

"I’m proud of my sister man. Four years, four years in the making, a bachelor’s. She did that," Terrence Lewis said.

"I think it was well put together, with everything we’re dealing with now, with COVID, I think it turned out really well," parent Jeffrey Woods said.

"I’m feeling so excited. I’m so glad that it’s done," graduate Shannon Woods said. 

More than 1,500 TWU grads will cross the finish line at TMS Friday and Saturday.

"They have an opportunity to take their photos and interact with one another, and they’re doing it in a socially distant fashion, so safety gets checked off and celebration gets checked off," TWU spokesperson Matt Flores said.

The drive-thru event is similar to the one TWU held in December, which was also at TMS.