CASPER, Wyo. – It was getting pretty hot on Friday afternoon.
Roosevelt High School seniors gathered with their families on the asphalt in the Casper Events Center parking lot under blue skies and a bright sun.
That also meant heat, particularly for the everyone wearing their black graduation robes and mortar boards.
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The outdoor graduation is the third so far in Natrona County, designed for social distancing in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the sound of cars with their engines and air conditioning idling in the background, Roosevelt students celebrated their achievements in particularly challenging school year that was cut dramatically short during the pandemic.
Graduate Alexis Harris was among the most expressive, pumping her fists and smiling as she accepted her diploma. Walking back to her car she saw her teacher Jaime Bachert and the two immediately embraced as the tears flowed.
“She’s awesome,” is all that Bachert could say afterword.
Photos by Dan Cepeda, Oil City News.