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Class of Covid-19: What it's like to miss a milestone moment

In any other year, NI's final year students would now have been waiting for their exam results and looking forward to walking across a stage to accept that precious scroll as proud parents look on. Linda Stewart talks to the class of Covid-19

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Patrick Lynch in makeshift graduation gown outside Lanyon Building

Patrick Lynch in makeshift graduation gown outside Lanyon Building

Patrick has started working full-time at the Royal Victoria Hospital

Patrick has started working full-time at the Royal Victoria Hospital

Waiting game: Jamie Kennedy is weighing up his options for the future

Waiting game: Jamie Kennedy is weighing up his options for the future

Tough year: Ellie McGuinness

Tough year: Ellie McGuinness

With her late dad Brendan

With her late dad Brendan

Lucy Brown

Lucy Brown

Patrick Lynch in makeshift graduation gown outside Lanyon Building

It's a key rite of passage and a reward for years of hard study and graft - the formal robes, the speeches, the strawberries and the photographs with proud parents on graduation day.

But for the Class of Covid-19, that last push to sit their final exams and crown years of hard work with a day of celebrations has all ended in a bit of a whimper as graduation ceremonies have been mothballed.

Final year Queen's University Belfast medical student Patrick Lynch (26) found himself drafted into the world of work earlier than expected after his nine-week hospital placement was cancelled just three weeks after it had begun.