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Photos: KWHS grads and family celebrate in Events Center parking lot

Kelly Walsh High School seniors hug before commencement ceremonies in the Casper Events Center parking lot for the class of 2020 graduation on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – There was something slightly familiar about the Kelly Walsh High School graduation ceremonies on Thursday evening.

The annual celebration was held at the Casper Events Center, just as it has been done for decades now.

But since this is 2020, the year of social distancing and the COVID-19 global pandemic, it had to be different.

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The difference was instead of going inside, everyone kept it in the parking lot.

Families tailgated and grads mingled in what felt more like a football game than a graduation. Over time, most 386 KW graduates lined up on “X” marks and walked onto the stage for their diploma, all while cameras relayed the scene on large video screens and online.

The model will be much the same on Friday when it’s Roosevelt and NCHS’ turn to send the class of 2020 off into a strange new world.

Photos by Dan Cepeda, Oil City News