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Two College Seniors And Their Moms Reflect On Graduation Without The 'Pomp and Circumstance'

Courtesy of Diana Vidales
Diana Vidales, right, and her mom, Nina Yzarra, are both celebrating accomplishments in their education this spring, but because of COVID-19, both say it's not quite their dream celebration.

Over the next month, many students will be graduating from college, but without the traditional pomp and circumstance or cap and gown. So we asked two students and their mothers about missing out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and what songs come to mind when they reflect on their journey.  

Credit Courtesy of Greyson Canterbury
Courtesy of Greyson Canterbury
Greyson Canterbury is a Dean's Medalist at Fresno State. His graduation should have taken place this weekend, but he's planning a virtual celebration anyway.

We spoke to Greyson Canterbury and his mom Kim Canterbury who live in Visalia. Greyson is a Fresno State Dean’s Medalist and is planning to go to Sri Lanka as a Peace Corps Volunteer, though the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed those plans.  

We also hear from Fresno residents Diana Vidales and her mom, Nina Yzarra. Diana is graduating from U.C. Irvine, and her mom is also receiving her associate’s degree from Fresno City College, but both will be celebrating those accomplishments virtually. 

Listen to the audio postcards above to hear more from Greyson and Diana and their moms. 

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