5/26/2020 5:07:00 PM ELHS To Have Three Graduation Ceremonies Mark calendars now for May 29, 30 and July 31
Thomas Lark Staff Writer
DENVER––East Lincoln High School will have three commencement ceremonies.
That’s the word Tuesday from ELHS Principal Marybeth Avery. With regard to Roy Cooper’s State-mandated virus-related restrictions––thankfully now going away but alas, only in stages––Avery informed that her school would have graduation events this Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. both days, in the gym lobby, and again July 31 at 8 p.m. in the football stadium.
“It is our honor to share that we will offer staggered graduation ceremonies for each senior and up to six family members on May 29 and 30,” she said. “This graduation ceremony is in addition to the traditional ceremony, planned for July 31.”
Also Tuesday, ELHS officials confirmed to The Herald that, per Cooper’s safety directives, only one student and family at a time would be allowed into the lobby, hence the 11-hour schedule for both days’ events.
Avery commented further.
“If COVID-19 (corona virus disease, 2019) has taught us one thing, it is not to take anything for granted,” she said. “We presumed that we would go to school and celebrate our seniors as usual. We presumed that life would go on as it always had in our lives. Through this pandemic, we have discovered what we are made of and who we want to become, and we have learned to fight for what we believe in. In this unprecedented situation, each senior has been called to develop a greater sense of his or her own role as a world citizen. You cannot have a future without a past, and you should relish the fact that your past is a good one––that East Lincoln indeed prepared you for your future.
“May 29 is your commencement,” she added, “and commencement means beginning. All of you will be building a new chapter of your life in the near future. As you decide which doors to enter and which opportunities to seize, I would like you to keep this goal in the back of your mind: always be looking for that which can give passion to your life. Remember to exercise patience and understanding with yourself and others. Maintain your friendships. And keep the faith that your future is yours, and you will flourish! We at East Lincoln believe in you, support you and will always welcome you home. In all things, East! Congratulations, seniors!”