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High school seniors pick up caps and gowns despite uncertainty about graduation ceremonies

High school seniors pick up caps and gowns despite uncertainty about graduation ceremonies
Posted at 4:04 PM, Apr 14, 2020

The pandemic is impacting a lot of graduation plans. However, one Lafayette Parish school is trying to lift spirits. Students at David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy took home their caps and gowns Tuesday afternoon and the event left students feeling encouraged.

They say it was a special moment, whether they wear them at a graduation ceremony or not. The graduation supplies were handed to students through their car windows. Students were greeted with lots of cheer from familiar faces. "That's a given with our school," senior student Lani LeBlanc said. "They're so uplifting and all great."

In a time of uncertainty, LeBlanc says she's taking home more than graduation supplies. "I'm so glad that we're at least getting some hope," LeBlanc said. "We're getting hope that we're going to graduate, getting our caps and gowns." That's exactly what school administrators say they want to give students.

"We're showing support for our seniors," assistant principal of the schools Middle School Cale Broussard said. "Unfortunately, it's kind of unknown on graduation ceremonies

The High Schools assistant principal Monica Guillory added, "Believe it or not the students are super disappointed that their senior year is ending this way. It's our job to make sure that we come up with a plan to make it special for them because they deserve this."

The year might not be what students imagined, but they understand it's part of a larger picture to flatten the curve.

"It kind of ruined our senior year, but it's going to protect the rest of the school," LeBlanc said. "You just got to take it and make the best of it."

The schools graduation ceremony is still up in the air, but different options are being looked at for the class of 2020.