BUTTE - Butte High Seniors may have lost half their school year to the coronavirus, but the graduates did get a parade.
“I’m very excited and I didn’t think that were going to graduate because of the pandemic, but we’re here and we’re graduating,” said graduate Kailynn Field.
Before Wednesday evening's ceremony at the Butte Civic Center, the students arrived in style with a parade down Harrison Avenue.
“Doing something for the grads, you know, having the corona kind of shut everything down, I kind of like this idea,” said Jimmy Edwards, a parent of two graduates.
The 267 graduates took their seats in the floor of the civic center with face makes and seated 6 feet apart from one another. Only two guests were allowed per graduate to help keep up social distancing during the event.
One of Butte High valedictorians praised the resilience of her class for getting through such a rough time.
“We are so fortunate to have a graduation ceremony this year, but the class of 2020’s journey to graduation day has been filled with difficulties,” said Catherine Russo.
And while some of these students feel they’ve been robbed of their school year by the coronavirus, they say this event really makes up for it.
“I feel a little be robbed from some of the events that was going to happen at the end of the year, but I also feel really comforted by just how our town and how even just then nation has been treating this entire year with the high school seniors,” said graduate Christian Sherman.