Panthers Should Walk with Pride!
As Seniors, we fell deeply disregarded by NC and it's Administrators due the fact the only graduation alternative given to us is a virtual graduation that is scheduled for a MONTH before the state is set to open. There are several other schools in our city who will still have this once in a lifetime opportunity. We feel as if NC and its officials couldn't have put 110% effort into coming up with an alternative that weighs as import as commencement and we refuse to stand for this. Our feelings weren't considered during this hard time and if times weren't hard enough, not having a physical graduation when we have several different ways to still give us this opportunity is even more heartbreaking. We understand Covid-19 is no laughing matter and precautions are set in place for the safety of all Hoosiers. However, the second we were given information about the state's phases for reopening, cancelling our commencement should have been immediately taken off the table. There are several schools in our city alone who have found a way to honor their Seniors in person including simple solutions such as; postponing graduation until mid-July, limiting number of guests allowed, requiring all attendees wear masks or they will not be allowed in, minimizing crowd sizes by honoring students in chunks based on their last names, opening football fields to honor their students since venues are no longer allowing events, and even a parade to honor seniors. There's NO WAY virtual graduation set to take place in June is are best and only option!!!!! They didn't even consider our feelings enough to ASK the class of 2020 if we wanted to wait or if we were fine with this virtual graduation. As much as NC have been pushing the narrative of perseverance and going into adult hood prepared and motivated, the least they could do is postpone graduation and honor us properly. Graduation is very important to us for more reasons than one and so many people have gone through trials and tribulations before reaching the end of the tunnel that we are being forced to see at home. We have already missed the end of our high school days, we DESERVE to walk across that stage as a class, and we will.