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York College students prepare to graduate

The start of the school year at York College will take place on Saturday. Nearly 450 students will receive an undergraduate degree. For many, this will be their first appearance on stage. Four years ago, COVID-19 ruined many high school graduations. “I was so excited to graduate from high school and I didn’t get it,” said Maryland senior Alyssa Allen, a 22-year-old nursing student. She is looking forward to her graduation this weekend. “I’m the first in my family to take the step of graduating to college,” she added. Allen’s freshman and sophomore years were also impacted by the pandemic. “The classrooms were hybrid half the time,” she said. Half the time she said she was in class with only half the students. “A little bit of isolation for about the first year,” she said. Allen has a job lined up at UPMC. She said some of her friends are still looking for work and worried about finding employment. Unlike four years ago, Allen looks forward to having her entire family by her side whenever she takes the stage. “I think everyone is excited to have this experience,” she said.

The start of the school year at York College will take place on Saturday. Nearly 450 students will receive an undergraduate degree.

For many, this is their first appearance on stage. Four years ago, COVID-19 ruined many high school graduations.

“I was so excited to graduate from high school and I didn’t get it,” said Maryland senior Alyssa Allen, a 22-year-old nursing student.

She is looking forward to her graduation this weekend.

“I’m the first in my family to take the step of graduating from college,” she added.

Allen’s freshman and sophomore years were also affected by the pandemic.

“The classrooms were hybrid half the time,” she said.

Half the time she said she was in class with only half the students.

“A little bit of isolation for about the first year,” she said.

Allen has a job at UPMC. She said some of her friends are still looking for work and worried about finding employment.

Unlike four years ago, Allen is looking forward to having her entire family by her side as soon as she takes the stage.

“I think everyone is excited to have this experience,” she said.