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Park hosts alternative Graduation ceremony

Graduate Elliot Rickert greets friends and family during the car parade June 23. St. Louis Park celebrated the graduation ceremony in the high school parking lot June 23.

Gabriel Kaplan

June 24, 2020

Graduating senior Emma Roloff said the social-distancing style graduation ceremony felt strange to her, though only due to the unique set up of the event. "I can't really describe the feeling. It's just so different and just so out of like the ordinary," Roloff said. "Surreal is pretty good (word ...

Interactive parking lot Graduation to be held June 23

Principal Scott Meyers and assistant principal Jessica Busse take pictures of senior Elizabeth Reuter after delivering her Graduation box May 27. A car Graduation ceremony will take place June 23 in the parking lot at Park. Speakers and other video elements will be projected onto large screens.

Talia Lissauer

June 14, 2020

Since the class of 2020 was unable to have a traditional Graduation ceremony, senior Shayla Miller said she is glad Park is having multiple events to honor the seniors including delivering caps and gowns, a virtual celebration and a parking lot ceremony. “I think the school did the best of the si...

A time capsule of a historic senior year

Senior ladies lead a chant to cheer for the football team at the Homecoming football game Sept. 20. Seniors pumped up the crowd as Park played against Spring Lake Park.

Marta Hill and Maggie Klaers

June 2, 2020

The graduating class of 2020 was robbed of the normal “senior experience;” this class did not get to have a senior Prom or a Graduation, but also did not get an opportunity for closure as this chapter of their lives came to an end.  Every year, in its final print issue, Echo publishes a li...

Seniors await Graduation plans

Park alum Natalia Caraballo gives her classmate a hug during Graduation June 6, 2019. After Gov. Tim Walz banned all large in-person commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic May 8, Park had to reevaluate its Graduation plan.

Talia Lissauer

May 19, 2020

Breaking down in tears of frustration was the only way senior Shayla Miller felt she could react after discovering that Gov. Tim Walz banned all in-person graduations in Minnesota due to COVID-19 for the class of 2020. “I know that Graduation is only applicable to a small number of people in comparison ...

Minnesota bans in-person commencement ceremonies for class of 2020

The class of 2019 throws its caps in the air after graduation June 6. Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education announced May 8 that large scale in-person graduations are prohibited for the class of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talia Lissauer

May 8, 2020

This story is updated as of 6 p.m. May 8.  Park announced in 6425 News May 8 that the in-person Graduation for the class of 2020 set for June 23 will not be happening at the St. Louis Park High School Stadium after receiving the guidance from the state. “St. Louis Park High School is committed to the Jun...

COVID-19 interrupts commencement  

Park alum Jake Olson receives a diploma during Graduation June 6, 2019. According to 6425 News, this year’s Graduation has been rescheduled to June 23.

Talia Lissauer

May 1, 2020

After receiving feedback from seniors and community members through an online survey and Google Meet, Park announced May 1 in 6425 News that Graduation has been postponed to 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the St. Louis Park High School Stadium. Graduation was originally scheduled for June 2. “This year's gradua...

Administration requesting virtual feedback shows acknowledgement

Administration requesting virtual feedback shows acknowledgement

Ruthie Posada

May 1, 2020

As a result of Gov. Tim Walz announcing that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, the question of if Graduation will be held on its original date of June 2 came into play. Not wanting to completely cancel the event altogether, several Park administrators took to Google Hangouts t...

Principal of five years resigns

Principal Scott Meyers speaks during the Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019 June 6. Meyers is resigning June 30.

Isabel Kjaer, Marta Hill, and Kaia Myers

February 17, 2020

Though the decision to resign was hard to make, Principal Scott Meyers said it was ultimately made easier because of the potential positive effects on his life.  “I'm going to miss being a part of almost 1,500 students' lives. It is a really important thing and I take it very seriously. I'll miss...

Important senior meeting dates, times

Seniors cheer at the Homecoming pep fest Sept. 20. There will be meetings throughout the school year for the senior class to discuss graduation.

Kate Schneider

November 12, 2019

Throughout the school year, seniors will be meeting to learn more about graduation and prepare for the ceremony. Listed here are the dates and times with an overview of the content at each meeting. ...

Senior Goodbye Party

Seniors have a goodbye party for the last day of school. There was food, and fun activities for them to do.

Tennam Gyaldatsang, Nebyu Bekele

June 6, 2019

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