Tornado-delayed graduation finally held at Alabama

August 6, 2011 - 9:44 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — About 3,300 University of Alabama graduates are finally walking in cap and gown, more than three months after a tornado hit Tuscaloosa and forced their commencement to be postponed.

The university held graduation exercises for its class of 2011 on Saturday and Friday night. The school says it's awarding 4,770 degrees in all during three ceremonies, and about 70 percent are for students who were supposed to graduate in May but had to wait because of the twister that struck near campus on April 27.

Several hundred people attended a memorial service that was held Friday night for the half-dozen students who died in the storm. All six are receiving posthumous degrees.

The EF-4 twister that ravaged Tuscaloosa was among 62 tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27.