MVHS 2020 graduates received diplomas Monday

And the hats go in the air. COURTESY PHOTO

“The tests we face in life's journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths.” ― Kemi Sogunle

MOUNTAIN VIEW — And in discovering their inner strengths, the MVHS staff and seniors pulled off the 2020 graduation ceremony Monday to set this year’s graduates on a new path into adulthood and their lives.

Not chained to the inside of a building, “social distancing” enabled the ceremony to be moved outside and under the canopy of the ski in the warm sunshine. The graduation ceremony, initially scheduled for May 18, was held this week on Monday, right on schedule. As the ceremony was moved outside, the seniors were seated in the stadium stands and their families dotted the football field. The crowd, not allowed to attend in person, watched to the ceremony via MyLocalRadio. These actions were necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the county and world this year, and “social distancing” has become a normal feature in trying to limit the spread of the virus.

The graduation ceremony, in a new pattern, under the warmth of the sun and a breeze, provided the 2020 graduating class an opportunity to see classmates and have one last hurrah as a class before they take their separate journeys as they spread their wings to move on in their lives. This proved to be a fitting conclusion of the distancing of the students, their teachers and administration for MVHS, bringing them back together for one final step as a class in the school district.

This year’s graduation speaker Amanda Tinker, an MVHS English teacher, noted the graduates “were born in the shadow of 9-11” and were now graduating during the time of a great pandemic. She told the class life is not always fair and the students would have to move forward in their lives overcoming the changes the pandemic had brought to what they normally would have expected for their senior year in high school.

Tinker gave the graduates four bits of advice to use when traveling on their individual life journeys. Her first bit of advice was to “always move forward,”

The class’ Salutatorian Briggin Bluemel and Valedictorian Alexander Thomas addressed their class and the rest of the audience. Both expressed thanks to the school, classmates, teachers, administrators and parents for bring them to this step – graduation.

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