In a typical year, preparation work would be happening right in most high school gyms or athletic fields as schools across the nation gear up for high school graduation. But for the Class of 2020, this is not a typical year.
The coronavirus pandemic and governor’s stay-at-home orders have changed the look of graduation for this year’s high school seniors.
School district officials have been consistently monitoring the governor’s guidelines and are in constant contact with the Minnesota Department of Education.
For some of the smaller area schools, plans have finally been able to be finalized. For larger districts, such as Alexandria, the decision is expected to come sometime next week after the regular school board meeting, which is set for Monday, May 18.
As of Wednesday, May 13, here’s a look at what graduation will look like for area students of the Class of 2020:
Brandon-Evansville: The graduation ceremony is set for Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at the B-E High School. District officials said in the next coming weeks, they will focus on putting together a ceremony that will meet guidelines and directives as outlined by the state. More information will be forthcoming.
Minnewaska: Graduation will take place on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. in the school parking lot. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the Minnewaska Area Lakers YouTube channel and broadcast live on KMGK 107.1. Fireworks will follow the commencement ceremony.
Osakis: A graduation ceremony and parade will take place Friday, May 22, starting at 6 p.m. at the high school. The ceremony will be broadcast on KMGK 107.1. The parade of the Class of 2020 starts at 7 p.m. and will go through town as follows: Athletic complex to W. Queen St. to 8th Ave. W. to W. Nokomis St. to 6th Ave. to W. Main St. to 8th Ave. E. to E. Lake St. to 1st Ave W. to W. Pike St. to 7th Ave. W. to W. Oak St. back to the south parking lot.
West Central Area: The graduation ceremony is set for Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. in the school parking lot in Barrett. Graduates will remain in their vehicles with their family members and it will be broadcast live on KBRF/Z103/KJCountry and through the station’s app, Fergus Now.
For updated and/or more detailed information, visit each of the school district’s websites or Facebook pages.