Detroit Lakes High School Class of 2020 Finally Graduates
Zeke Fuhrman | Jun 28, 2020 AT 2:31 pm
After months of uncertainty and postponement, the Detroit Lakes High School class of 2020 gathered one final time, this time to celebrate a milestone accomplishment.
The Detroit Lakes school district concluded spring semester classes a month and a half ago, and finally held their graduation ceremony outdoors at Mollberg Field on Sunday afternoon June 28th. Although, the bleachers were empty due to social distancing restrictions, vehicles lined North Shore Drive, people stood outside the fence of the field or listened to the graduation ceremony on KDLM.
"Nobody expected that Monday in March to be our final day in school." said graduate Micah Solberg. "It teaches you that things can change in the blink of an eye."
The final day of in-school classes for the 2019-20 school year was March 16th, but classes continued online with Distance Learning until May 15th. Graduation was originally scheduled for May 17th, but was postponed after Governor Tim Walz extended his stay-at-home orders to May 18th back on May 8th.
"When we look back on this," graduate Grant Gallatin said during his welcome speech. "We will remember that we can achieve anything that we want."
When the ceremony was postponed in May, there was uncertainty that the Class of 2020 would get a ceremony at all. With the Governor's extension came the ban of mass gatherings in places such as gymnasiums and stadiums. When the postponement was announced, Detroit Lakes School Board member April Thomas, who sits on the graduation committee, said there were two options for graduation: Option A would be an in-person ceremony at Mollberg Field, and Option B would be a "creative way" to celebrate the Class of 2020. Thankfully, the Minnesota COVID Response dial has been turned enough to allow outdoor gatherings of 250 people.
Doug Froke, in his final graduation ceremony as the superintendent of the district, recalled that when his tenure began, the Class of 2020 was in kindergarten.
"Thanks for letting me be a part of your good old days," he said, closing out his final Superintendent speech.
After elbow-bumps were exchanged and diplomas were handed out, 218 new Laker alum celebrated on the field, eager to put their COVID-riddled senior year behind them and move on to the next chapter of their lives.
WATCH: The Graduation Ceremony for the Detroit Lakes High School Class of 2020