GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – After uncertainty stemming from the pandemic, Grand Junction High School seniors were finally able to turn their tassles at Suplizio Field Saturday morning.
KREX 5’s Shelby Bracho with members of the graduating class to hear how they feel about this delayed celebration.
“Go 2020, congratulations everyone,” said Zoe Warner.
GJHS seniors were finally able to cross the stage.
“We kind of came to terms with the fact that it wasn’t going to happen so it was a nice surprise that we got to do it,” said Taryn Rowland.
However, celebrations were a little different this year.
“We’re missing some people, I have a lot of friends that aren’t here today,” said Randal Roy.
“I’m pretty excited, it’s kind of weird because we’re two months from where we should’ve been but it is what it is,” said Jared Hanks.
“We’ve never done one like this before with barely any family being allowed to come and social distancing and masks, especially in the heat,” said Warner.
Masks were encouraged, social distancing was implemented and each graduate was only allowed four guests.
“My mom, my dad, my little brother and my grandma,” said Rowland about her family members in attendance.
“My whole family was able to come, so I’m excited that they get to see that I’m graduating,” said Hanks.
“It was really stressful for our whole family to decide who to pick and choose who was able to come,” said Warner.
Despite the changes, “I think that the risk to reward benefit is there, if restaurants and bars can be open and there is one open in town,” said Rowland, “I’m glad that they decided to go forth with graduation and I’m glad we have the right precautions as well.”
“I would’ve been more upset about it not happening, the fact that we do get to celebrate is pretty cool and we still got to have all of our grad parties and all that,” said Roy.
A memorable ceremony, “it’s not quite the same but it’s better than nothing so I’m looking forward to it overall,” said Hanks.
“I am excited, it’s going to be a lot of fun to walk across the stage and to celebrate with my class,” said Rowland.
During a certainly memorable year, “I think I’ll forget a lot less moments than other generations have with my graduation and with my senior year just because of the coronavirus making everything so special and different,” said Warner.
Graduation ceremonies will continues Saturday night at Suplizio Field with Fruita Monument high school students walking at 8 p.m. and Grand River Academy and R5 High School will host graduations on Monday at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.
For more detailed information, visit the School District 51 website.