Many BYU students and professors celebrated graduation virtually via Zoom calls or Facebook Live. But School of Communications professor and Y Digital director Adam Durfee wanted to do something different for his students.

The lack of a formal, university-sponsored graduation ceremony didn’t stop 16 broadcast journalism students from celebrating within COVID-19 guidelines.

Caps and gowns, commencement speakers, pictures with friends — all hallmarks of a traditional college graduation ceremony. But this year is drastically different.

Students and faculty from various departments across campus had big plans for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year, including live dance performances, music played through bike-powered sound systems and a series of speeches. Unfortunately, the global pandemic caused a cancellation of those plans.