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Lafayette Parish senior reacts to changing graduation plans

Posted at 10:55 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 00:08:56-04

The Lafayette Parish School Board is in the process of changing graduation plans for this week. This, after the State Fire Marshal did not approve the initial plan to hold the ceremonies inside the Cajundome.

The problem? The plans don't follow the governor's guidelines. While social distancing and other safety guidelines were part of the plan, there was another big concern - the crowds.

The school system is working to come up with alternative plans, but for graduating seniors, the ceremony is now just the latest uncertainty.

"This is another step back we have to deal with instead of moving forward and actually starting our real lives," said Comeaux High School senior Cassandra Duck.

High school graduation is one moment Duck has been waiting for.

"Everything kind of hit me at once whenever I got that notification today. We were all kind of bummed out about it."

Like many, Cassandra thought she'd be able to spend it with her friends and family inside the Cajundome.

"We already had to end our senior year so early and it was kind of depressing because we didn't get the whole senior-itis experience and the whole, hey this is the last day of school, so it's just bummed us out knowing that," Duck said.

Estimates show the largest ceremony at the Cajundome would've involved about 2,000 people, which is far more than the governor's limit of 250 people at public gatherings outdoors.

"Nothing is actually the same anymore," added Duck. "It's kind of disappointing."

School administrators say graduation will happen this weekend, but the big question is, what will that look like?

A special meeting is set for Tuesday evening to finalize the plans.

READ MORE: UPDATE: LPSS says graduation will happen this week

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