Features Magazine Volume 70, Issue 9

Graduation for the Class of 2021

By: Yasmeen Anwar

Graphic By Alma Snortum-Phelps

The class of 2021 has been through adversities during their junior and now, during their senior year. Not only did their junior year get cut off at the end, forcing them to take AP exams online, but they’ve lost most of their senior year to the pandemic. AP exams have returned to normalcy for those wishing to take them in person, similar to before the pandemic. However, they still haven’t been able to see their friends, and, perhaps worst of all, they missed a significant amount of their final year of high school.

Events have been cancelled and rescheduled over and over, and graduation was the first supposed event that seniors will get to enjoy in-person all year long. Many students were, understandably, excited to experience this notable transition in their lives. The school will be renting out food trucks for the event, and students are allowed to invite a limited selection of family members to come see them say ‘goodbye’ to their final year of high school; finally rewarded for all of the hard work they put in for the last four years.

However, due to a spike in COVID-19 cases at the end of April, even this event might have to be changed. 

The number of students has remained at 21 since the 30th of April, but more than 100 students have been forced to quarantine due to the possibilities of carrying COVID-19, as confirmed by the Superintendent, John Nickerson. 

Graduation was planned to be an in-person event, and the ramifications of this has effects on how students will experience their graduation from Las Lomas.

Lucy Portwood, a senior, said that she doesn’t have too many concerns about the safety of the event. To her, the most important thing is graduating high school, though an online graduation wouldn’t be ideal. She said, “No, I’m [not worried about getting COVID-19] since I’m vaccinated.” Portwood also said, “I would prefer to have a normal ceremony, but I don’t think that it’s safe, but I think having a remote graduation wouldn’t be exciting, I probably wouldn’t go.”

The thought of high school evokes different memories and opinions, but a commonly found opinion is that it marks a necessary transition in the students’ lives. For these seniors, graduation is not only their way out of high school, but, for some, it will be the first time they’ve seen their friends for a whole year. The prospect of having to graduate from behind a computer screen weighs heavy on many, and it is a possibility. Only time will tell what graduation will look like.