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By Seth Romsa
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Different types of graduations this Sunday


May 14, 2020

Karla Pomeroy

Worland High School Class of 2020 members Breann Swing, Sayge Mascaro and Hali Schumacher gathered together outside the school last week for some photos including doing the traditional hat toss that comes at the end of a regular graduation ceremony. With COVID-19 restrictions, students were given a diploma cover and videotaped receiving the cover. A graduation parade is set for Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. down Big Horn Avenue in Worland.

WASHAKIE COUNTY – Both Washakie County School Districts No. 1 and No. 2 are set to host a different type of graduation this weekend in order to honor the graduates of the 2020 class in a public manner.


Worland school district is set to host a parade for graduates beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, the time when the traditional ceremony was originally scheduled. Observers are asked park along the parade route 20th Street to Railway Avenue along Big Horn Avenue.

The rules of the parade will not allow for observers of the parade to exit their vehicles to observe the graduates in order to maintain proper social distancing.

Big Horn Avenue traffic will be diverted 10 minutes prior to the event starting, so arrival early to the event is encouraged.

No candy of gifts may be thrown or given to graduates, again to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The parade will be broadcast live on 96.1 FM, which will also have the speeches that have been recorded through the last couple of weeks from the valedictorians Caleb Fraser and Karter Dunham, salutatorian Tatum Zimmerman, keynote speaker Elizabeth Hansen and board president Don Bryant.

A slideshow and video of the speeches as well as the graduates receiving their "diplomas" will be given to each of the graduating 92 students. It will also be posted to the district website.


Ten Sleep will be hosting graduation starting at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night at the Ten Sleep Rodeo grounds. The event plans to begin with the presentation of kindergarten graduates followed by the presentation of the eighth-grade graduates.

Once the other classes have received their certificates of graduation, the seven seniors will walk across a flatbed trailer, receive their diploma in front of friends and family in their vehicles, then will be able to receive cards or gifts as the public enter the rodeo grounds. The ceremony was approved by the county public health officer, Dr. Ed Zimmerman.

A slideshow will be projected on to a screen borrowed from the recreation district, with speeches being presented on 93.5 FM.

A fireworks display will conclude the festivities.


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