Graduation drive-thru for Duluth East seniors

Updated: May 14, 2020 10:42 AM

Whether wrapping up your high school career or finishing up your college degree, graduation looks different these days. We can't hold big celebrations and commencements, but we can do everything in our power to honor these graduates for all they've accomplished.


Teachers and staff at Duluth East High School kicked it up a notch, with a drive-thru graduation event. Students and families lined up in front of the school Wednesday, decorated vehicles and all, as a chance for students to pick up their caps, gowns, and yearbooks.

"It's sad that this is how it had to end. I mean, I wanted to spend it more with my friends." Maddy Vavrosky is graduating from Duluth East this year. She and her friends are still making the most of senior year, even with social distancing keeping them apart. "We have group chats. And every Monday, they turn on the lights at the stadium, and we put our cars in a little circle, and just talk and jam out."

Staff at Duluth East put together a special stop along the graduation drive-thru; a time capsule was the senior's opportunity to remember this unconventional end to the year.

"I think this is awesome that they put all this together," Vavrosky says. "I wish I could say goodbye to them one more time. I hope school opens again so I can come back and visit, and say hi to all them one last time. It's a weird way to end things."

Despite the distance, graduates have stayed focused on their studies and pushing towards their future, because the pandemic won't last forever.

"I'm going to UWS for Criminal Justice," Vavrosky hopes to play softball as well! "I'm going to keep working hard at school, keep working towards my future, help out my family, and see what the future holds."

Congratulations to all the 2020 graduates!

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