CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - High school seniors everywhere have missed the opportunity to make memories because of the pandemic. One memory Natrona County School District seniors won't miss out on, is graduation.
Kelly Walsh seniors wait in line, six-feet apart, to receive their diploma.
Kelly Walsh High School seniors, like the rest of NCSD, have been learning virtually for weeks. Having an in-person graduation, meant a lot.
"It was a bummer at first. None of us wanted to go online and stay at home for weeks. But I'm glad we all got to come together here, and be outside and just enjoy this ceremony," said KWHS graduate, Jayla Johnson.
Hundreds of cars pulled into the Casper Events Center parking lot Thursday evening to celebrate KWHS seniors. But nobody went inside, the celebration was in the parking lot. Masks and social distancing may have made KWHS graduation look a little different, but the feeling was the same.
"The fact that we get to be able to come together and we get the chance, it's super fun and it's like our own little last party before we all leave," said KWHS graduate, Taylor Rowe.
"It's really special and I think it's really something that we all get to be so close even with everything going on. We get to experience it together, even closer than we would in the events center," said KWHS graduate, Corin Carruth.
Kelly Walsh's Principal said it doesn't matter where the ceremony is held, they weren't going to lose the chance to celebrate their seniors.
"Inside, outside, on a rooftop, in a parking lot, it really doesn't matter. We're celebrating their achievements for the last 13 years of their education, so we weren't gonna lose this moment," said KWHS Principal Mike Britt.
Though KWHS seniors finished their high school education online, they have never felt more together and this is a memory they will never forget.
Tune in Friday as we continue our coverage of NCSD graduations with Roosevelt High School and Natrona County High School.