Bishop Kelly holds a unique graduation ceremony during the pandemic

Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 20:28:45-04

BOISE, Idaho — Like many other schools, Bishop Kelly High School put together a plan for a virtual commencement ceremony.

However, the parents and students at Bishop Kelly were willing to wait for this unique in-person graduation, even though they had to wait until Idaho reached stage four in the Governor's rebound plan.

170 students from Bishop Kelly's 56th graduation class got their diplomas while also practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

"I was really thankful that our school came together to put on something for us and to make it as safe as possible," said Peyton Loffer, who will be attending the University of Idaho.

97 percent of the students from this class will go on to college at 78 different universities throughout the United States and Canada.

This class was challenged like no other with the COVID-19 pandemic and everything that has been happening in our country, but they have faith that they can make a difference in this world.

"We have all the tools now to make the changes to shape our world into a place we want to live," said Valedictorian Lucas Gabrieli.

The school worked with Central District Health to come up with a safe graduation plan while also being transparent about their plans with the City of Boise.