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University of Alabama graduates include one from Franklin

The University of Alabama awarded 6,326 degrees this spring – among them Kayla Voyles of Phil Campbell, who earned her master’s degree in social work.

The recent change to remote learning during this unprecedented time affected the university’s plans for traditional commencement activities; however, school officials emphasized, commencement is a milestone, and UA wants graduates to have the opportunity to walk across the stage in celebration of their success.

Although any plans are contingent on how the summer outlook progresses, all spring graduates are invited to participate in the summer commencement events scheduled July 31 and Aug. 1.

“We will also be recognizing the achievements of our spring 2020 graduating class through online and social media outlets to highlight our shared pride in them,” said UA President Stuart Bell. “I look forward to congratulating each student on stage very soon.”

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university, dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.