Friday May 22 was a circled date on the calendar for most seniors at Wisconsin Dells High School. It was the day they were supposed to walk across the graduation stage and complete their high school careers. Instead, many took pictures with their picture on a poster on the school's front lawn.
"We wanted the kids to know that this isn't what we wanted for them. Our hearts are breaking for them," said Allison Hoch, the Associate Principal at Wisconsin Dells High School.
Hoch helped the school get posters of all 116 students in their class of 2020.
"The cool thing is we will always remember the class of 2020 as the class that graduated during the pandemic," said Hoch.
Riley Eck, a senior that played on the Chiefs boys basketball team. A team that was one win away from the WIAA State Tournament before the remainder of their season was wiped out by the pandemic. Now, Eck prepares for life after high school.
"It still going to be our normal but it's not," said Eck. "We don't know anything else besides what this is because you only graduate once."
Laura Beghin lost here entire track and field season for the Chiefs. Like many of her classmates she continues to make the most of the tough situation.
"It's definitely hard. We understand where everything is at right now and we are fortunate to be here and be safe throughout everything," said Beghin.
Wisconsin Dells High School remains optimistic that they will host a graduation ceremony for their class of 2020 in July.
"Lots of excitement, lots of happy tears," said Hoch thinking about the ceremony they hope to have later this summer. "It would be a great way to finally wrap up this year and be ready to start next fall."