Jostens reps hand them out near front entrance to Crookston High School.
While essentially every springtime class, event, activity, game or tradition for members of the Crookston High School Class of 2020 has been canceled or at least postponed, one thing went on as scheduled Wednesday, but how it was carried out was definitely altered by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing.
On a windy, chilly Wednesday afternoon, CHS seniors drove their vehicles, one by one, to the curb in front of the main entrance to the high school, where they were met by two Jostens representatives, each wearing protective gloves, who, after getting the students' names, handed them their caps and gowns for their commencement ceremony. Greeting the kids nearby, also from a safe distance, were the Pirate mascot and, wearing a cap and gown of her own while holding her mortarboard on her head to keep it from blowing away, Youth Services Director Linda Morgan.
The statewide school closure as of now is in place until May 4. Whether Gov. Tim Walz extends it at a later date, the CHS Class of 2020 commencement ceremony as of now is still on as scheduled in late May.