There is no sugar-coating it: The Class of 2020 got ripped off. There was no prom, no senior skip day, none of the anticipation and celebration of a traditional graduation ceremony.
But something splendid happened.
In every school district, teachers, administrators and support staff came together to give the seniors special recognition. Different schools did different things, but every one came up with an event that put the graduates in the spotlight, where they belonged. They recognized their efforts, applauded their commitment, nudged them to the next adventure.
It wasn’t normal. But it was special. It was certainly memorable. With luck, the Class of 2020 will be the only one to experience such a nontraditional end of their secondary academic careers. But that makes what they went through unique.
Thanks to the efforts of so many parents, community members and educators, it was still a season of celebration — unique, full of affection, and even more special because of the circumstances.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020, and to a community that made their graduation celebrations memorable.