LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Lincoln Public School seniors will graduate in person this year. Events are expected to be a far cry from the virtual, and later, late graduation ceremonies that the Class of 2020 has hosted.
11/10 NOW sat down with Lincoln High Senior Evada Palmer outside her high school Thursday afternoon. She said the main emotions she feels are excitement and relief.
âI am happy that the graduation is being done in person, because there was so much uncertainty throughout the year, if our activities would take place, if we were wearing masks. It’s just exciting to see graduation in person, âsaid Palmer.
Palmer is one of hundreds of Lincoln High graduates who will walk across the stage at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday. An event not only long awaited by the pupils, but also by their parents.
âWe’re just thrilled to be able to have something in person,â said Nicole Palmer. “Still about four months ago, we were wondering what we could do, what we were going to do.”
Another Lincoln High mom, Julane Amen, is getting ready to host her son Jack’s graduation party.
âWe are so thankful that we can celebrate with our friends and family and have a party after, because a year ago it was a big question mark,â said Amen.
All six graduation ceremonies will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena between Friday and Sunday with full capacity allowed. Masks will be optional for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and mandatory for those who have not been vaccinated. The LPS also said there will be a mask section for those who are at high risk and don’t want to be with unmasked agents.
Amen said they were just thankful that this was happening.
âI think it’s going to be a surreal moment to see him walk across the stage and graduate,â Amen said.
It’s an important moment for all high school students, but especially after a year of adversity.
âJack was the frontman of the school musical and sang through a mask,â Amen said. âHe had to adapt and make the most of the situation to have the best senior year possible.
Palmer didn’t know what the year would look like for his daughter Evada.
âAs the basketball season approached, we thought we weren’t going to see our dancer, but we did. LPS did a great job, âsaid Nicole Palmer.
Students said that after these changes, having a degree in person means the world.
âIt will be really cool to see me not only walk across the stage but also my classmates,â Evada said. “I’m really happy that we can come together one last time as a school and finish it all together on a regular schedule.”
Here is a message from Lincoln Public Schools regarding graduation ceremonies:
We met with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Health following the announcement of the new Directed Health Measure and made the following adjustments to the 2021 graduation ceremony:
There is no limit to the number of guests per graduate and no tickets are required. The location is available at 100% of its capacity. Guests will be encouraged to physically distance themselves when and where possible.
Face blankets will be OPTIONAL for anyone fully immunized. Face blankets will be REQUIRED for anyone NOT fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, in general, people are considered fully immunized:
Two weeks after their second dose of a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
Two weeks after a single dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine
If you do not meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully immunized. CDC recommends that you continue to take all precautions until you are fully immunized
Other reminders about graduation:
Before leaving home, everyone should self-test for symptoms. If you answer yes to any of the self-selection questions, please stay home.
The doors will be open to the public one hour before the ceremony. Students will arrive on the ground floor 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
In addition to the north gates, you can enter through the main gates on the south side of Pinnacle Bank Arena (next to R Street) and follow the signs to the seating area.
Paid parking is available at parking garages near Pinnacle Bank Arena to the south.
Free parking is available to the north in the Festival Space car park or the Saltdogs Stadium car park. You will have access to enter on the north side by crossing the Lincoln Pedestrian Bridge.
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, Pinnacle Bank Arena will apply its transparent bag policy during graduation ceremonies at Lincoln Public Schools.
Upon arrival, students will find their business card on their assigned chair (alphabetical order) and take their seats. Staff will be available to help students.
Students, when directed, will take the card from their chair with them on the stage and hand it to the pronouncer as they enter the stage. Students will be able to briefly remove their masks as they cross the stage to receive their diplomas.
All graduation ceremonies will be broadcast live on the Lincoln Public Schools website and on LNK TV Education.
Friday May 28, 2021
6:00 p.m. – Lincoln High
Saturday May 29, 2021
8:30 am – Lincoln South East
12:30 p.m. – Lincoln North East
4:30 p.m. – Lincoln South West
Sunday, May 30, 2021
12:00 p.m. Lincoln North Star
4:00 p.m., Lincoln East
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