UNION, NJ - Kean University’s 2020 graduates began their week of in-person commencement ceremonies at the university on Monday.

After celebrating in a virtual commencement in May, some graduates are returning to campus this week for a series of in-person ceremonies where graduates have the chance to hear their name called and walk across the stage.

University President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., in his first commencement address since becoming president this month, saluted members of the “remarkable” graduating class for their resilience and determination through a senior year marked by a global pandemic, remote learning and other challenges.

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“The year 2020 will be remembered for many things in the years to come, including some difficult times and some extraordinary accomplishments,” said University President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., in his first commencement address since becoming president this month.  “For you and me, I believe what we will remember are the victories we are celebrating right here, today, in Alumni Stadium.”

Graduates of the College of Business and Public Management (CBPM) started things off on Monday in two separate ceremonies. Those in attendance wore masks and maintained distance from others throughout the event.

“To be able to be in person makes you feel like you actually graduated,” said a beaming Ashley Bufis, of Lyndhurst, who received her MBA, as her mother and cousin watched. “I didn’t feel like I graduated till now.”

Five additional ceremonies are scheduled throughout the week.