Alexandria shifts to one graduation ceremony after loosened COVID-19 guidelines

Alexandria High School will celebrate graduation as one group on June 4 at the Alexandria Area High School gym.

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Alexandria High School seniors will celebrate the graduation milestone together on June 4.

After sending out a survey and gathering input from the COVID Advisory Team, District 208 will hold one graduation ceremony at 5:30 p.m. this year inside the Alexandria Area High School gymnasium.

Each graduate will receive six tickets. Households that have multiple graduates will get eight tickets. Face coverings are required for all persons inside the school. This is in ordinance with the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan, along with existing mask guidelines for District 206.

The 75-minute ceremony will be streamed on the school’s YouTube page and will be available for viewing after the event. The school is providing a photographer to take photos, which will be available on

After graduation, there will be a car processional for all graduates at 8:15 p.m. The route will start in the Discovery Middle School parking lot, where graduates will arrive at 7:40 to begin staging. Alexandria city police will lead the event.


After the procession, there’s a community and parent-sponsored party for graduates at the Runestone Community Center from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. There will be games, activities, prize drawings and a hypnotist. The cost is $25 at the door. The graduation party is a non-school-sponsored event, but COVID-19 guidelines will still apply.

Questions can be directed towards Sara Meyer at

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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