The dark clouds of the coronavirus quarantine parted June 20 for the graduation of Belmond-Klemme High School’s Class of 2020. A warm, sunny afternoon greeted the outgoing seniors as they walked from Jacobson Elementary School to take their (socially distanced) places in the grandstand at Faris Field. Family groups were scattered over the football field, facing the grandstand and the dias set up on the track for the commencement ceremony.
The Class of 2020 was originally set to graduate in Luick Memorial Gymnasium on Sunday, May 17.
Two seniors – Jaydon Gansen and Emma Schroeder – also addressed their classmates and the assembled crowd with speeches based on the class motto: Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. It was announced that Wyatt Heideman was Valedictorian.
The graduates were called one by one across the stage. Each picked up a diploma from a table, stopped to smile for a photographer, and then picked up a sunflower (the class flower) before gathering at the bottom of the dias. After the last senior’s name was called, they dispersed into the family crowd and handed out the flowers. After returning to the grandstand bleachers, the newest B-K alumni were told to toss their mortarboards in the air in celebration.