For higher education in Utah County, 2020 was one heck of a ride.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit close to Brigham Young University when the first student contracted the virus in late March, and it led to some tough hurdles to overcome while also lending to amazing feats of adaptability.
From there, Utah Valley University held a drive-in commencement ceremony and was ranked No. 3 in the nation for best return on investment, BYU began to have trouble managing COVID-19 as students began returning to campus in the fall, and schools started to ramp up COVID-19 testing efforts after a state of emergency declaration.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many higher education institutions in Utah canceled their in-person graduation ceremonies. UVU had a different take on the right of passage for students, moving to a drive-in celebration.
The largest class in school history had a celebration unlike any other with a concert from The National Parks, a keynote address from Gail Miller, and a speech from President Astrid Tuminez. It was all finished with fireworks.
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