Twins Emily and Sarah Roberts are twin sisters that go to Yorktown High School In Arlington. It was their final year at the school and they looked forward to the traditional graduation ceremony which got canceled due to coronavirus pandemic. Emily and Sarah say they were still hoping for in-person graduation even after the rest of the school year at Yorktown High School had been canceled. Emily says that they kept hoping as Yorktown sent a couple of messages out, but never really said graduation was canceled.
According to the Arlington Connection, "But Sarah adds, “I think they didn’t really want to call it until necessary.” Emily says, “I thought they would do something, distribute the chairs, have it in a field, but they hired a production company to do a virtual graduation ceremony on June 18 at 4 p.m. It’s something.” Sarah says, “I don’t have high expectations. It’s kind of like going through your yearbook.” Emily says, “But not the same.” One of Emily’s biggest disappointments is not having her grandma come out from Illinois. “I was so excited; she loves big ceremonies.” She was also looking forward to seeing all of those faces she hadn’t seen for a while and talking to them."
As per Arlington Connection, "Both twins are looking forward to fall when they start college at The University of Virginia. Emily says UVA has indicated they hope to have classes on campus but may do the large lectures online. Emily and Sarah indicated that they decided to apply to universities in-state because Virginia has good schools and because of the cost. Sarah said she got accepted at some out of state schools, and she gave some brief thought to California. “Now is the time. It would be a lot of fun.” But on second thought she realized, “I have a lot of friends going to college in-state, and I knew I really wanted to be with her,” pointing to Emily standing nearby."