I attended the DeKalb High School 2020 Commencement on Saturday, July 11, 2020 for a portion of the graduation class due to their total number. The second portion was held on Sunday. 

The Commencement had been delayed and revised due to the COVID-19 pandemic and would now take place from cars. It was modified again Saturday morning due to the early thunderstorm. It would now take place at a doorway of the Convocation Center. But no matter.

A long line of cars each occupied by a graduate and family or friends (a second car of family was permitted) wrapped around the rear and west side of the building. One at a time a graduate would exit their car and walk to the doorway. Their name would be announced and the graduate would be greeted by applause and cheers from a few members of staff as they entered. They would exit with their diploma.

The graduate's smile beamed wide as they paused on exit and was captured by photos taken for all time by family. The smile shown bright as the graduate returned to their cars and were greeted by family.

Ah yes! As Elvis Presley once sang: Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind. Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine.

Each graduate’s once in a lifetime moment preserved. Under the circumstances, well done District 428.

Gary Moberg

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