Graduation in a time of COVID

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The class of 2020 could be participating in their graduation ceremony from their living rooms

 

 On April 9, Principal Denise Dubravec sent out an email concerning graduation. Specifically, what the school is planning on doing about it amidst the global pandemic. If you didn’t read it, it mentioned the option of having an online graduation ceremony rather than one in person if we can’t gather in large groups by July 12. Apparently pandemics don’t care much about high school graduations.

 Obviously, it would be unfortunate not to have the traditional graduation; a graduation ceremony over zoom wasn’t exactly what I pictured when I ordered my dress. So my first reaction was to be sad and text my friends about how sad I was. 

But then I thought about it some more and concluded that regardless of how sad it would be, that ceremony would probably be the funniest thing to happen in my high school career. 

Can you imagine trying to hold a graduation for over a thousand kids over video chat? It would be a train wreck. I have absolutely no idea how the school would manage to do that. Would everyone sit in their kitchen and wait until their name was called? Would we have to wear all white? Would we need to buy our own rose? So many questions!

But more than being a possible failure, I think it would also be hilarious. Something out of SNL or Lagniappe. I would probably laugh for most of the ceremony because of how ridiculous this whole situation is.  

But then I thought about it some more and concluded that regardless of how sad it would be, that ceremony would probably be the funniest thing to happen in my high school career”

Corona has already provided a lot of comedic material. From the posts on next door to the failed attempts at Zoom, they’re all funny. 

As hard as things are right now, I think it’s important to maintain our sense of humor. This is out of everyone’s control; ours, Mrs. Dubravec, every other person on the planet. There isn’t a switch to make the corona virus disappear. 

We can acknowledge the severity of a situation without always being miserable. I’ll be sad without a real graduation. I’ll probably cry about it, if we’re being honest. But so long as I can’t do anything to stop an online ceremony from happening, the least I can do is laugh about it.