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Starting College During Pandemic, They Persevered and Are Ready to Soar

Pile of blue graduation tassels with golden 2024 on them


The Class of 2024 will be remembered not just for their academic achievements, but for their resilience in the face of unprecedented adversity. 
As high school seniors, they watched as the COVID-19 pandemic cast a shadow over their final year, denying them cherished milestones like graduation ceremonies and prom nights. 
Transitioning to UMass Lowell during the height of the pandemic, they adapted to the challenges of remote learning, social distancing and mask requirements. When the curves flattened and the vaccines rolled out, their lives slowly returned to a “new normal” on campus. They joined clubs and discovered new interests. They traveled to conferences and studied abroad. They made lifelong friends. 
As the Class of 2024 prepares to walk across the Tsongas Center stage to receive their degrees, they carry with them a spirit of perseverance that will forever define them.
Here are a few of their stories:
Eight UMass Lowell graduating seniors who met during COVID Image by Ed Brennen

Intramurals, Same Majors Create Bond for 8 Friends

Maybe they would have become best friends regardless — eight business and mechanical engineering majors — but the fact that they met as first-year students at UMass Lowell in the fall of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was raging created an unquestionably unique bond.

Cameron McKenzie in the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain through the UMass Lowell Study Abroad program.

Pandemic Shutdown Gives Criminal Justice Major New Appreciation for Travel

Once COVID travel restrictions lifted, Honors transfer student Cameron McKenzie squeezed four study abroad trips into her short time at UML.