Coronavirus Florida: College seniors cope with lost traditions

From Herald Tribune, May 4, 2020

The end-of-year celebrations college seniors had been most looking forward to can’t be replicated online.

Sarasota residents fearful of wine-fueled college students tearing through the streets on bicycles while chugging boxed Cabernet can rest assured. There will be no “Tour de Franzia” this spring.
The annual race/party, named for the cheap wine New College of Florida bike enthusiasts drink as they ride through the city at the end of each semester won’t be happening.
Neither will “Worst of Ringling,” an annual house party during which students at neighboring Ringling College of Art and Design toast the seniors and roast them for their most unsuccessful attempts at creativity during an ironically titled response to the school’s official award ceremony.
Sarasota and Manatee’s institutions of higher learning have scrambled to replicate the rites of senior year, with campuses closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Colleges are mailing students their caps and gowns and encouraging students to gather on Zoom to “socialize.”
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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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