Class of ’20 finding ways to celebrate despite COVID-19

Gabbi Tomaselli and Olivia Loop – Mustangs Ahead

Seniors(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS seniors’ last day of high school was May 13, 2020. Due to COVID-19, however, there will be no official graduation ceremony until July 29, 2020. 

This delay has led many families and students to find creative ways to celebrate their hard work over the past four years.

Senior Hayes DuJardin stated, “Since there is no graduation ceremony until July, I have decided to take matter into my own hands. My friends and I have decided to go to Atlanta, Georgia, to celebrate graduating high school.”

Senior Hayden Springer decided to take a more local approach.

Springer stated “My family surprised me with a small party to celebrate graduation. They decorated my house with balloons, posters, and streamers. My family invited a few of my friends over to celebrate. It was nice to see my friends and share the amazing feeling of finishing high school.”

Graduating high school is a huge accomplishment and students should be recognized for all their hard work.

Meanwhile, tonight Manatee County schools will honor seniors by turning on stadium lights at six high schools.  The lights, including those at LRHS, will come on at 8:20 (2020 in military time).

Although, graduates and their families are still practicing social distancing, the virus has not stopped them from celebrating the exciting moment.

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