NYU student celebrates graduation virtually due to coronavirus pandemic

It’s a milestone moment for many college graduates to get to walk the stage and accept their degree, however, the coronavirus pandemic has put a a damper on graduation ceremonies across the country.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2020, 2:18 AM

Updated 1,462 days ago

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It’s a milestone moment for many college graduates to get to walk the stage and accept their degree, however, the coronavirus pandemic has put a a damper on graduation ceremonies across the country. 
Janine Phakdeetham studied for a Master’s degree in Global Affairs for two years, and says she dreamed of this moment. 
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the New York University graduation she was envisioning. 
"Of course I would want to be in Radio City Music Hall instead of my living room,” said Phakdeetham. 
The Thailand native finished most of her last semester online in her Bushwick apartment before the pandemic forced the graduation to go virtual. 
"I booked a hotel for my dad. I was planning to book Broadway tickets for my sister,” said Phakdeetham. 
NYU says it has postponed its in-person convocation to a time when it’s safe to do so. 
"It was special in a different way. I have family members in California, in Thailand and for everyone to be here on zoom with me and watch the virtual graduation together. it was really nice. I'm touched that NYU tried to make it as special,” said Phakdeetham. 
Phakdeetham says she is spending the rest of her time in quarantine applying for jobs and hoping for the best.
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