Woodlan High School parents disappointed they can't watch commencement ceremony like normal

East Allen County Schools graduates the class of 2020 seniors over the weekend at the Coliseum.

Posted: Jul 12, 2020 9:57 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2020 11:07 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Seniors from Woodlan High School graduated Sunday afternoon at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

But one important part of the commencement ceremony was missing until they got outside, family.

Barbara Scott, whose son, Michael King, Jr. graduated, says, “It’s just sad. We go thirteen years and you struggle with your kids to make sure they’re going to graduate and then you get to this and you’re unable to be inside to just support your child.”

Because of coronavirus restrictions, only Woodlan High School students and staff were allowed inside the commencement ceremony.

Family and friends camped outside in the parking lot and watched the ceremony via livestream.

Bruce Sprunter, whose son also graduated, says, “It's a pretty bad situation that we can’t go in there and enjoy the commencement with them but that’s just the way it is and we’ve got to deal with it.”

But the seniors and their families made the best of the situation as they had in the last couple of months while managing school online.

Terry Jo Lightfoot, East Allen County Schools Board Secretary says, “We are extremely proud of these students. They worked very hard. It was a hard way to end. Especially with the seniors to not be able to see each other. But they have just been great through all of it.”

If you missed any of the East Allen County School commencement ceremonies from the weekend and would like to watch them, click here.

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