In lieu of its usual commencement ceremony, the Leech Lake Tribal College held a drive-thru event that kept state guidelines of social distancing in mind.
“On Friday March 22nd the Leech Lake Tribal College held a special celebration for the graduating class of 2020, all though we will be holding a full graduation ceremony later in the year we wanted to recognize our graduates,” said Raymond Burns; Leech Lake Tribal College President.
Burns and the college have stated that choosing to keep students safe is the college’s number one priority and that social distancing so far has been the key to doing so.
This year’s class of 26 students including one PSEO highschool student were honored in the celebration with a final drive-thru campus, graduation photos were taken from their vehicle, and received gifts that are typically handed out during the college’s graduation ceremony.
Though the school year may be over, social distancing is expected to continue within the state. Phase two of the Stay Safe MN Order will begin June 1st allowing many non-essential businesses to reopen, such as salons, barbershops, and restaurants outdoor dining and safety measures in place and capacity limits.
In all public settings, The MN Department of Health encourages Minnesotans to keep a minimum of six feet of social distancing space.