Seniors at the three Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Nashville were looking forward to wrapping up their high school years with the rituals of proms and awards nights, spring sports and graduations. But that all disappeared in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each of the schools made quick adjustments to honor the members of the Class of 2020 in new, socially distant ways.
On Friday, May 15, members of St. Cecilia Academy’s senior class drove up to the school’s main entrance where they were greeted by Dominican Sisters and given their cap and gown, locker contents, and a gift from teachers and staff members. The school is tentatively planning to hold a graduation ceremony in July.
Father Ryan High School’s Class of 2020 made one last visit to the school as students on Saturday, May 16, to pick up their caps and gowns and parade through the parking lot as teachers and staff cheered them on.
(Earlier in May Pope John Paul II High School transformed their annual Senior Walk into a Senior Drive. See related story: https://tennesseeregister.com/pandemic-puts-a-twist-on-end-of-high-school-for-seniors/)