Bear Stadium lights gleamed, Pomp & Circumstance played and Pierce County High School graduates’ photos scrolled across the scoreboard Friday night, but the field and stands were empty, void of cheers and applause.
Ironically, thunder roared and lightning flashed Friday evening, May 22, on what would have been graduation night for the Class of 2020 if COVID-19 (coronavirus) had not abruptly ended the school year.
A number of graduates and their families drove out to the stadium from 7-9 p.m. to watch the slide show of graduate photos flashing on the scoreboard under the stadium lights, but they did so from the safety of their cars as a storm rolled in.
PCHS has turned on the stadium lights for 20 minutes every Friday night at 8:20 p.m. (2020 military time) for several weeks in honor of the Class of 2020, but left the lights on for a full two hours during what would have been graduation night.
Many graduates will still get an opportunity to accept their diplomas later this summer. The Pierce County School System announced last week a graduation ceremony has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, July 17.