Despite rising COVID-19 cases, universities including Texas Tech and Texas A&M are planning in-person fall graduations

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Texas Tech University senior Klay Davis is thrilled he'll have the chance to graduate college in-person this December. But faculty across the state are concerned large in-person commencements at multiple schools could become super spreader events for COVID-19. Credit: Justin Rex for The Texas Tribune

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Texas Tech University senior Klay Davis worried for months that his 81-year-old grandmother wouldn’t get the chance to watch him walk across the graduation stage this December to receive his bachelor’s degree in animal science.

Graduations across the state were mostly shifted online or postponed this spring and summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Davis said a virtual event wasn’t going to cut it for his family.