EUGENE, Ore. -- Universities and colleges across Western Oregon celebrated the class of 2021 in various commencement ceremonies over the weekend.
Due to the pandemic, several of those ceremonies were virtual including ones at Lane Community College, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.
Speakers at the events acknowledged the unique challenges students faced this year.
"So many of you faced loneliness as you transitioned into a new world of virtual learning, many of you were displaced during wildfires, and so many of you volunteered to help build shelters, feed the homeless, and feed your neighbors," LCC's President Dr. Margaret Hamilton said during the virtual ceremony.
At the University of Oregon's virtual ceremony, President Michael Schill addressed the graduates virtually.
"I am sure this is not how any of you wanted to celebrate your graduation. You stepped foot on our campus four or five years ago. It certainly isn't what I expected but I want you to view this as something truly special and important," Schill said.
OSU students received a special congratulations from several speakers including Blackish actor, Anthony Anderson.
"Everyone is proud of all of your accomplishments," Anderson said. "You did it! Congratulations and go Beavs!"