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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Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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