GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – After uncertainty stemming from the pandemic, local high school graduations kicked of Friday morning at Suplizio Field.
Central High School’s Class of 2020 was able to turn the tassel after waiting weeks for the celebration to take place.
The event featured distanced seating for graduates and guests and organizers asked everyone in attendance to wear a mask.
Both students and faculty gave speeches, which highlighted the importance of overcoming adversity, inspiring others, and seeking justice.
“I implore you not to let this be the only milestone you recognize, you’ve had a lot and you’re going to have a lot more, let us continue to celebrate as we all find our own paths and begin to change the world,” said Central High School’s 2020 student body president Jacob Bopp.
Graduations will continue at Suplizio Field through Monday, July 13th. Palisade High School is hosting its graduation at 8 p.m. on Friday. Grand Junction High School and Fruita Monument High School ceremonies will take place on Saturday at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. On Monday, Grand River Academy and R5 High School will host graduation ceremonies for students at the same times.
For more information visit the School District 51 website.