The graduation ceremony for the Osakis High School Class of 2020 looked quite different this year because of COVID-19.
It started in the parking lot of the athletic complex on Friday, May 22, with students and their families staying in their vehicles, while driving through a line so that the students could pick up special baskets put together by the school and the group, Helping Hands of Osakis. After going through the line, the families parked in the students' designated spots.
The ceremony itself was then broadcast on the radio so that the students and their families could listen to it and keep with the social distancing rules set forth by the governor during the coronavirus pandemic.
After the ceremony was finished, the line of vehicles was led through town by the Osakis Police Department, Todd County Sheriff's Office, Osakis Fire and Rescue and Osakis buses in a parade that ended at the school. Once at the school, the seniors and their parents took one last walk down the long hallway – again, adhering to social distancing – before arriving at the front entrance where they picked up their diplomas.
School board chairperson, Becky Hensley, donned in her mask and wearing gloves, pointed to each of the students' diplomas so that they could pick it up themselves. Osakis Superintendent Randy Bergquist, standing in the parking lot, read each name over a loud speaker as the student picked up their diploma.
It may not have been a typical ceremony, but many thank yous were heard from parents and students throughout the event.
Watch the Echo Press online Friday, June 5, for a salute to area graduates with a dedicated special section for the following school districts – Alexandria, Brandon-Evansville and Osakis.