As all the big graduation plans got upended by the coronavirus pandemic, Pottstown High School students still got to walk to the stage in a mini-graduation ceremony, writes Peter Crimmins for the WHYY.
The graduates entered the school’s auditorium in cap and gown and were welcomed by the principal and four family members. A spotlight shined on them as they walked down the aisle with the recorded sound of the school marching band and audience cheers accompanying them.
Other graduates were represented by lawn signs propped up on the seats, each with the name and photo of one of the 230 graduates.
After picking up their diploma, students would pause for a photo before being ushered the side door to a family photo station. Then, the next student was invited in.
The graduates got their mini-celebration thanks to the school’s principal, who refused to stage a virtual event like many other high schools.
“For some of our students, this may be the only big celebration they have,” she said. “Some don’t go to college. They don’t have big weddings. It’s important to have one big celebration that’s about them.”
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