Graduates find unique way to celebrate milestones amid pandemic


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – The school year was cut short and for many kids this year that meant no prom, no parties, and no graduation. But two schools managed to celebrate in a social distance world.

Today was bittersweet for graduates taking their next step in life. COVID-19 took then end of their school year, but it couldn’t steal away the accomplishments of the St. Thomas More 8th graders. The picture Lucy Parker had for her eighth grade graduation didn’t look like this.

“It’s sad that we have to do it this way. But at least it’s some way, Parker says.

It was supposed to be full people she loved cheering her on as she took home her diploma and memories. Not an empty church. but luckily for her she wasn’t completely alone. Isbabella Ortiz and Lucy got to reach this milestone together, with only their parents and few teachers to watch. It’s a sentiment shared throughout several graduating classes today.

“I’m glad that they were able to make it special for us,” Ortiz says. “Just being with one of my friends, Lucy, that she was there with me while I was graduating.”

Across town, Catholic High School was holding a unique graduation on their own. Personalized packets were passed out as students virtually ended grade school. Parents at St. Thomas More say today wasn’t what they hoped for their child, but at least they got something to remember.

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