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From graduation to Wembley and retirement: How Covid changed our magic moments

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Centre stage: Oxford United’s Mark Sykes (centre) celebrates scoring at Wembley

Centre stage: Oxford United’s Mark Sykes (centre) celebrates scoring at Wembley

Degree success: Robyn McCue at Queen’s

Degree success: Robyn McCue at Queen’s

Going ahead: Ashleigh McCullough and Joshua Kernohan

Going ahead: Ashleigh McCullough and Joshua Kernohan

Ton-up: Tom Ferrett celebrates his 100th birthday with Glentoran director John Moore and Nicola Glover

Ton-up: Tom Ferrett celebrates his 100th birthday with Glentoran director John Moore and Nicola Glover

Mark Sykes

Mark Sykes

Captain Sir Tom Moore

Captain Sir Tom Moore

Bill Montgomery

Bill Montgomery

Centre stage: Oxford United’s Mark Sykes (centre) celebrates scoring at Wembley

People whose once-in-a-lifetime experiences were dramatically different because of  coronavirus restrictions tell how they still have memories to savour.

Graduation: ‘We can all have a proper ceremony in the future’

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Degree success: Robyn McCue at Queen’s

Degree success: Robyn McCue at Queen’s

Degree success: Robyn McCue at Queen’s

Robyn McCue, from Newtownabbey, recently graduated from Queen’s University with a Phd in Psychology. With graduation ceremonies suspended this year due to the pandemic, Queen’s held virtual ones online instead. The 26-year-old, who also attended Queen’s as an undergraduate, achieving a first-class honours in Psychology, explained that after some deliberation she still decided to do something mark the special occasion, even if it was low-key. She had hoped to celebrate the day the same way students have done in previous years, in person with loved ones present.