Cloquet High School students will receive their caps, gowns and yearbooks in a drive-thru event from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 9.
Staff members will be there to greet the students. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to attend and celebrate by decorating their vehicles, displaying signs and cheering. Parents can start parking at 11 a.m. in the staff, senior or junior parking lots. Social distancing guidelines are still in effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so people should stay inside of their vehicles, school officials said.
Cloquet High School Principal Steve Battaglia said he hopes to see all of the students attend the event. He will be handing out medals of distinction for students who achieved a 4.0 grade-point average.
Senior Garrett Jackson said he is excited to drive his pickup truck to pick up his cap and gown. After graduation, he said he plans to either weld or work in a machine shop on engine parts.
“I think it’s a good idea, so we have some recognition of our achievements,” Jackson said. “But it’s kind of sad that we don't get a real graduation.”
Annette Kiehn will be picking up the cap and gown for her son, Conrad, as the event is scheduled the same day as opening fishing in Minnesota. Conrad opted to go fishing.
“I am saddened by all of this,” Kiehn said. “This is a milestone for seniors and they are missing out on so much. If this is what they can do, then this is what they will have to do.”