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MLHS not holding traditional graduation ceremony, despite students asking to postpone the ceremony

- Moses Lake, WA

The class of 2020 has been cut short from one of their most memorable years. With prom, senior slideshows, and spring sports being a small handful of memories taken from the class with hopes of graduation being postponed to say a proper goodbye to new friends made, longtime friends and teachers, the Moses Lake School District and Moses Lake High School announced Monday evening they the district will not be holding their traditional graduation ceremony at Lion's Field in Downtown Moses Lake.

The Moses Lake School District and MLHS principle Triscia Hochstatter sent out an email to all seniors giving information about graduation and distributions of caps,gowns and yearbooks. In a newsletter by Triscia Hochstatter, said

"We cannot replace the experiences you have been deprived of, however, we have a plan to ensure that the Senior Class of 2020 will NOT be forgotten!"

Continuing in the letter, they announced the Class of 2020 parade on June 5th. The parade will start at the Grant County Fairgrounds near Cascade Valley at 4:00pm This monumental procession will begin with the staging of all Seniors and their Families. The high school encourage the families to decorate their vehicles and that the seniors proudly wear their caps and gowns! The parade will eventually divide into six smaller groups heading to Lion's Field, Surf and Slide parking lot, Chief Moses Middle School, Moses Lake High School, CB Tech, and Peninsula Elementary. Each group will receive their diploma covers and have the opportunity for photos at the end.

"We hope this once-in-a-lifetime event will memorialize the Class of 2020 for years to come!" said MLHS principle.

During a survey sent out by the Moses Lake High School ASB to all 2020 seniors, they asked if they wanted the school district to postpone the traditional graduation ceremony to a later date in July or have a 2020 senior parade. Many students took to social media asking friends to choose to postpone the graduation ceremony saying,

"It would be memorable to see each other and say goodbye to each other one last time before we start our live's new chapters".

2020 MLHS senior McKenzie Garza posted on the high school's 2020 Senior Facebook page an idea of writing their name on a lock and attaching it to a fence at the high school.

"Because we have been robbed of so much of our senior year. Let’s do something to symbolize us being locked out of so much! Get a lock and write your first and last name then let’s all write FREE Us #lockedout2020" McKenzie wrote.

The school district also painted every class of 2020 senior names onto the back field of Chief Moses Middle school by a Spokane artist.

The Moses Lake School District said this is a social distancing and health safety precautions will be in place at fairgrounds. This is not a social gathering. Please remain in your cars and abide by regulations.

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