Grayslake Central High School senior Allen Abraham was sad to miss varsity volleyball, prom and a normal graduation ceremony. But he was happy that Grayslake Community High School District 127 held a socially distanced graduation ceremony Wednesday evening.
Allen was the first to walk across the stage in the school's parking lot.
"It's a proper way to send them (seniors) off to college. I honor and respect that they are trying to give us a chance to walk the stage, in a different but unique way" Allen said.
Next up was Allen's twin brother, Alvin, who said he is grateful for the event as it brings closure to his high school years. He said he is leaving with many good memories.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools canceled their spring graduation ceremonies and developed alternative events that would bring closure to the senior's high school experience.
All of the school's 347 graduates were invited to attend and social distancing was practiced. The students wore caps, gowns and honors cords for the event.
District Superintendent Mikkel Storaasli and Principal Dan Landry posed for photos with each student. Parents hopped out of their cars to take a picture and a dozen teachers cheered as the names were read.
A virtual graduation ceremony video was also released Wednesday.
District 127 will hold Grayslake North's graduation ceremony Thursday night under the lights of the school's stadium.