OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (WFIE) - This year has been a trying one for every student, particularly high school seniors.
However, the seniors at Wood Memorial High School finally heard “Pomp and Circumstance” and made that long-awaited walk across the stage to get their diplomas on Saturday.
School staff members wanted seniors to have as close to a traditional ceremony as possible, while also being responsible to the community. Each graduate was allowed to bring four guests, who were socially distanced by groups. Graduates also had to wear masks, and their families were encouraged to wear them too.
“It’s extremely special,” 2020 graduate Logan Keeker said. “I’m glad we could have a few of our grandparents, parents and siblings come out here today to support us. I know everybody‘s just happy to be here today, so it’s just really special. Perseverance would be a great word to describe us all. We made it through thankfully.”
“Probably up to a couple of weeks ago, we weren’t sure,” Mike Brewster, retired superintendent with the East Gibson School Corporation said. “We were prepared to have a graduation, or if things worked out, we would not have graduation. It was a small class, which also helped us out. Kids were very cooperative, they understood. These kids will be better for it; it’ll be something they’ll talk about for years.”