Across Minnesota, graduating seniors mark milestones amid the pandemic

Person in a tiger costume waves to people in a convertible.
An animated Adalberto Villalobos sends off a graduate on a high note May 28, 2020, while wearing the Tech High School tiger mascot outfit in St. Cloud, Minn.
Paul Middlestaedt for MPR News

Members of the class of 2020 faced an unexpected ending to their school year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, graduating seniors weren’t able to experience last year traditions — like prom, senior day and final competitions — with friends at school. 

But school staff and communities across Minnesota were determined to make these seniors feel special amid social distancing. From drive-up proms to virtual commencements, photos from around the state show the class of 2020 being celebrated. 

We also asked seniors across Minnesota what they’d like to say to their graduating peers and what they want people to know about the class of 2020. We’ve included some of their heartfelt answers.

‘2020 strong’

by Tartan High School senior Mckenzie Schmitz

Things to remember

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by Westbrook Walnut Grove High School senior Kayla Reimers

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Video by Rosemount High School senior Charlie Huang.