From soundcheck to commencement, everything came together perfectly as friends and family celebrated 226 of Owensboro High School’s 2021 graduates.
“I’m very thankful that we got to do it and it’s very special," said graduating Student Body President Addison Callis.“I'm very happy because I wasn’t really expecting a graduation this year so I’m very happy that we got to do it.”
It was the second year in a row graduation took place on the school's football field, a change Owensboro Public Schools Spokesman Jared Revlett said was introduced last year to ensure students could stay safe and still get the send-off they deserved.
“We normally have our graduation at the sports center but it worked out to where we were able to do it outside last year, we enjoyed it, the weather was perfect and we wanted to do it again this year so we could get the maximum number of people in to watch the Class of 2021 receive their diplomas," Revlett said.
Safety guidelines were still in place but were less restrictive, so the stands looked a little fuller this year, something one grandmother was grateful for.
“I guess that everyone that’s here, that’s going to be here is glad to be, you know," Ella Sanders said. "Glad that the kids are graduating, so yeah I’m glad for my grandson.”
And more guests weren’t the only ones taking part in the evening’s celebrations. The school choir lent its voice to the ceremony once again, a performance it wasn’t able to give last year.
“Being able to see them tonight performing one last time with the seniors is just an incredible gift we’ve been given," said Choir Director Jenifer Wiggins.
It was an extra touch and a sense of familiarity to a long-standing tradition many 2020 graduates didn’t get to experience.
“Being able to do graduation on our school grounds with our school family and being able to celebrate is something if you told me 6 months ago I don’t think I would have believed that it was going to happen," Wiggins said.