Our seniors were shortchanged from their high school experience. They were born in the devastation of 9/11 and graduating during the COVID 19 Pandemic.
No prom, no cap & and gown, no ceremony, no pictures with high school friends, no presentation of diploma in front of family and friends, no celebrating their high school accomplishments, and no graduation parties.
They have worked hard for this moment, and they are resilient, they are strong, they are persistent, they are determined, and they ARE going places!
The 2020 seniors will have lasting memories, just not the ones they planned on. The new wave of recognition includes: drive-in graduation ceremonies, scholarship awards via Zoom, and honoring seniors on Facebook all because of our response to the social distancing ban, and it is new to every single one of us.
Our schools, teachers, and parents, are going to great lengths to find ways to honor their students. They are being very creative in showing their gestures to the class of 2020. In the wave of technology, schools are reaching out in many ways to celebrate. Facebook, websites, signs in yards and even billboards seem like a small gesture but mean everything to a senior during COVID-19.
We will probably never again feel comfortable in public places, shaking hands even with close friends, and standing close to people we don’t know. It may be a long time to feel comfortable in large groups, sporting events, and even going to the movies.
But, we will continue to celebrate the milestones in our lives and we will continue to face unprecedented challenges, with determination and technology, virtual memories will be made!
Congratulation to the 2020 Senior Class – Stay Safe – Stay Strong!
We are in this together!