By Selena Williams - Senior Editor
Before the spread of the COVID-19, most college students looked forward to walking the stage with their diploma in hand, but now that might not happen.
Think about it, a person goes to grade school for about 13 years and college for about four, all to walk across a stage to accept a diploma. And now, due to the health and safety regulations the nation, as well as the world is under, that moment might not come for the Class of 2020.
As of now, students will not return to class for the remainder of the school year, meaning they might not see some of their classmates again.
Rose State President Jeanie Webb sent a statement via email March 21. The statement read as follows.
“Rose State College Commencement Ceremonies scheduled for May 8, 2020 are postponed and unfortunately may ultimately have to be cancelled. We are looking for appropriate ways we can honor our graduates by considering alternatives to our traditional spring graduation events.”
This is unsettling news for students graduating this spring, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the safest way to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread.
According to Lance Newbold, vice president of student affairs, Rose State is not eliminating the possibilities of a graduation ceremony just yet.
“We have not categorically ruled out anything yet,” he said. “We are working diligently to continue to provide instruction and student services during this challenging time and will look at all options in the coming weeks.”
Although the possibility of having a graduation ceremony sounds wonderful, it is unlikely to happen at the moment.
School might be out for a bit, but the class of 2020 graduates can still hold a memorable graduation ceremony.
So, here is a way to celebrate your achievements while under quarantine.
Get together family members already in your same household and stage a graduation. Set up chairs, a makeshift stage, put on a cap and gown, choose an announcer. And for those family members that are under quarantine in a separate household, FaceTime, Zoom and Google Hangouts is an option for them not to miss out on the special occasion.
By Lily Mauricio - Reporter
With social distancing becoming the new normal, many people all around the world are left staying inside instead of going out to their usual favorite restaurants or other local businesses.
The local businesses have been among the hardest hit during this worldwide pandemic.
Unlike corporations like large food-chains or retail shops, these local businesses strongly rely on their regulars.
The owners of Capitals Ice Cream in Downtown Oklahoma City have created a new way for Oklahomans to enjoy the local experience in the comfort of their own home.
CITYBOX was created to give citizens a chance to shop locally while their favorite stores are closed during the pandemic.
There are currently four types of boxes offered by the creators of CITYBOX.
Each box is curated with a selection of goods from different stores around Downtown Oklahoma City.
The different boxes offered are the CITYBOX, the Date Night Inside Box, the Brew Box and the Stuck-At-Home Box.
Local businesses that have contributed to the CITYBOX include Capital’s Ice Cream, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Commonplace Books, Plant, Stonecloud Brewing and many more.
Items included in the different boxes range from local beer from Stonecloud Brewery, take-and- bake pizza from The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen and ice cream from Capital’s Ice Cream.
Prices of the different types of boxes range from $60 to $115.
Another local business that contributed to CITYBOX is Café Disco.
Café Disco is Oklahoma’s first French macaron shop. The shop, a small 500-square-foot storefront located in Downtown Oklahoma City, was started a little over a year ago by Amanda Sakurai and her husband Spenser.
“We bake all our French macarons and have 12 flavors in the shop, daily,” Sakurai said.
Along with macarons, Café Disco also has a full coffee and tea menu.
“Spenser, my husband, is the coffee nerd and I am the self-taught baker obsessed with perfecting the French macaron,” said Sakurai.
Café Disco is included in the Stuck at Home Box and it includes a six-pack macaron box that includes a variety of the flavors offered daily in the shop.
Now is the time to help support your favorite local businesses and CITYBOX is a great way to do just that.
For now, the boxes are sold out, but with such high demand they are expected to continue on with CITYBOX, even after the pandemic.
These boxes can be found through their website cityboxokc.com or their Instagram @citybox_okc.
The 15th Street News is a student publication at Rose State College.