Congratulations to the class of 2020
As weather patters change from polar pushes into the state to more tropical weather from the Gulf of Mexico our days are warming and trees are leafing out.
Grass needs mowing at least once a week as heavy rainfall moves through the region. (Most folks are hoping it’s not a repeat of last year’s record-setting downpours.)
I’ve notice more people are venturing out of their homes. Most are trying to re-establish their former lifestyle patters and get on with life.
Graduation is always a big deal this time of the year. However, with the hysteria created by the pandemic, many school districts have been forced to scale back the ceremonies and pomp and circumstance that typically sends graduates into the new phase of their lives. Some will head off to college. Some will seek admission to community college or technical institutions. Still other will find work and dig in for the long haul.
It’s been an unusual pre-graduation mix. It’s been fun to have grandparents and parents stop by and order graduation signs for their grad to be placed in the front yard of the grads. It’s been wild to adapt to the shutdown and watch districts go through the state department of education to line up their graduation “ceremonies.”
Hayfield has postponed graduation until July. Some fear that most grads will be off to their new venture, tied up at work or traveling.
Kasson-Mantorville has decided to have pomp and circumstance for its 170-plus grads in the parking lot. They plan to broadcast over FM radio the actual graduation presentation, complete with handing out of diplomas. It’s set for Sunday, May 31 at p.m.
Byron is conducting its graduation exercise on Saturday, May 30 and Triton is set for May 31.
Through all of the stay-at-home, shelter in place antics, one thing has emerged – we are creative and innovative people. We have resources that may lie dormant until we are pushed into life’s corners and we tend to come out on the other side better than when we were forced to take cover.
If 2020 graduates emerge from this most unusual school year as strong as the rest of the region seems to be, they will have a bright future.
Dodge County Independent staff members wish all graduates a bright future.