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Graduation day in Estacada included a socially-distanced ceremony, parade and fireworks show

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - After the commencement ceremony, Estacada High School graduates participated in a car parade around town.

The process looked a bit different than usual, but members of Estacada High School's class of 2020 crossed the graduation stage.

On Saturday, June 6, the Estacada School district hosted a socially-distanced commencement ceremony for the class of 2020. During the six hour event, members of the graduation class entered Buzz Randall Stadium in pairs to receive their diplomas. Limited numbers of family members and friends watched in-person as their graduates crossed the stage and then exited with them. The process took about six minutes for each pair of students.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Julien Purvis tosses his cap during the Estacada High School class of 2020's graduation ceremony.

Live streamed on the school district's Facebook page, the commencement ceremony began with speeches from Estacada High School Principal Bill Blevins, Student Body President

Celso Sanchez, Student Body Vice President Rylie Canifax, salutatorian Elizabeth Krieter and valedictorian Zachary Backwell.

Spirits remained high even with several spells of rain during the afternoon.

After the graduation ceremony, members of the class of 2020 participated in a car parade around town and then watched a fireworks show from the high school campus.

The Estacada News will publish a commemorative graduation special section later this week.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Soon-to-be Estacada High School graduates entered the stadium in pairs.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Salutatorian Elizabeth Krieter receives her diploma during Estacada High School's 2020 graduation ceremony.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Student body president Celso Sanchez speaks during Estacada High School's 2020 graduation ceremony.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Vehicles decorated in honor of Estacada High School's class of 2020 made their way around town during a parade after the graduation ceremony.


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