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Nurse on the front line of COVID-19 battle celebrates graduation

Posted at 6:50 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 06:50:02-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A new round of graduates are ready to fight COVID-19. Graduations this year will be virtual and held on programs like Zoom. Certainly not the pomp and circumstance students were expecting.

“It's something I looked forward to my entire life, graduating college, a huge milestone. But, we just kind of had to roll with it and go with it,” said Rachel Maracle. She graduated from Trocaire College on Wednesday. The ceremony was held on YouTube. She was one of dozens. She is now a registered Nurse, getting ready to do what she loves in a time where her expertise is needed more than ever.

“Well, it's really amazing. I actually already work at the VA on a COVID floor. So, it's actually been crazy going into it like this. But, it's also been really amazing. I'm actually really lucky to have all these people around me and everyone I work with supporting me,” added Maracle.

Her family and friends couldn't let her graduate without a little celebration. While in their cars, they drove down her South Buffalo street and made sure she knows she's loved and appreciated.

“I had no idea. It was such a shock,” said Maracle about the celebration.