It’s graduation season, but for so many this moment won’t be the same during the global pandemic.
Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School traditionally holds graduation in a church, but since large group congregation is currently prohibited they moved the ceremony to the parking lot.
Social distancing was enforced. Each family was put in a parking space and given three chairs, one for the graduate and the other two for family members.
Despite the six feet social distancing, Tom Payne thoroughly enjoyed watching his grandson graduate, barely noticing any difference with the guidelines. “They followed them, but it was no difference. We still had the swelling of the heart for the graduate.”
During graduation, the OLF students gave their parents a rose. This was graduate Taron Webb’s favorite part. “It was just a blessing. I just love her so much.”
Her mother Gemma Webb also cherished the moment. “It was emotional, but a very beautiful moment.”
Today wasn’t only an emotional day for graduates, but for teachers as well. Like Laney Butler, who has been teaching at OLF for the past 15 years. “It was so good to see the kids’ faces. You know, we couldn’t give them our normal hugs or high fives and things, but I know they appreciated it. You got to see the pride in their faces.”
Principal Cindy Hahn also commented on how seeing the graduates impacted her. “We have missed them so much. Normally this time of year we have special activities for them, but this year we didn’t get to do that.”