ST. AMANT, La. (BRPROUD) – Dressed in their cap and gowns and wearing face masks, seniors at St. Amant High School were honored during a traditional graduation ceremony.
“It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders because we’ve been waiting for this,” Josie Dubois said.
“I’m just so thankful because this is such a big moment to share with family and friends and I would’ve been so disappointed if we weren’t able to have this,” Raegan Calvert said.
But this ceremony still looked a lot different from most. Chairs were spread out to practice social distancing and signs were plastered around the stadium asking everyone to be safe.
“It was really important for us to be able to bring [the students] back together,” Beth Templet, principal of St. Amant High, said.
Family and friends of the graduates were also asked to social distance. They had to spread out on the bleachers. Graduates say at one point they didn’t think they’d have a ceremony because of the coronavirus. They say it feels surreal.
“It’s crazy but it’s the world that we live in now,” Reese Richardson said. “It’s just the time of the pandemic, we have to adapt to it and it’s fine because we’re all here together.”
Loved ones say they didn’t mind the new changes they’re just happy this day finally came.
“We didn’t know if it was going to happen, we didn’t know how it was going to happen, so to be here and be able to enjoy the moment is exciting,” one parent said.
As the class of 2020 begins the next chapter of their lives they say they can’t wait to see whats next.