BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC 33/FOX 44)
Seniors who had planned on graduating from LSU in May are still reacting to the news that Coronavirus concerns have led to the postponement of their commencement ceremony.
“I’m disapointed, in a selfish way, but I do understand that these measures have to be taken,” is what New Orleans native Alexcia Perilloux had to say this week.
Perilloux managed to finish her degree with a double minor in just three years. The next step for her, law school out of state. So, even though University officials have told students who would have graduated this Spring, that they may participate in a future commencement ceremony, she won’t be here when those happen.
“Personally, I would rather have crossed the stage in May with just a few people,” She told us. “I’d prefer that than having none of my guests at all.”
Other seniors, like Biancca Guzman have similar stories. Guzman’s father is in the military, stationed overseas, so she learned early on her parents wouldn’t be able to be here for graduation.
“So them being able to see me graduate, went out the window,” she said of the heartbreak. “I kinda just broke down for about thirty minutes.”
To make matters worse, Guzman, like many graduating Seniors, came to LSU in 2016, right as the great flood was at its peak.
“We drove from California to Louisiana and got news of the flood, so we got stuck in Houston with my family for two extra weeks.”
For so many students, the past few years have been defined, beginning to end, by seemingly insurmountable trials. But they’ve survived. And, like Guzman, are holding on to hope.
“I hope, after this last speed bump, everything is smooth sailing after this. I really hope so.”