WP held its first-ever Lavender Graduation Ceremony for LGBTQIA+ students and allies. Though the ceremony had to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis, the message of acceptance, support, and celebration in the face of adversity rang out nonetheless.
Class of 2020 graduates Carolina Oliveros, Imge Uludogan, Bonnie Smith and Sue Yavuz, who all majored in public health, have been hired by the Morris County Office of Health Management to help respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
Ashanae Gordon ’20 is going on to pursue her PhD through the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Bridge Program, which aims to bring more women and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into advanced geoscience studies.
While this year’s virtual commencement experience differed from previous ceremonies, Kopko’s message to his fellow graduates was steadfast: Do not focus on material possessions, rather concentrate on impacting someone’s life in a positive way.