Detroit Lakes High School's graduation festivities will once again take place at Mollberg Field this year. The Class of 2021 will receive their diplomas in a ceremony set to start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 29.
Unlike last year, however, parents, family and friends will be allowed to be in attendance — and no masks will be required.
"There are no restrictions," said high school Principal Darren Wolf.
For those unable to attend, or still concerned about potential exposure to the coronavirus, the ceremony will be streamed live on the website, dllakers.com.
The gates at the athletic field will open to spectators at 1:30 p.m.; people can use the same entrance that they do for Laker football games. The soon-to-be graduates will begin filing onto the field promptly at 2:30 p.m.
Wolf said that this year's speakers will include three members of the senior class as well as a faculty member, Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Jenson and School Board Chairwoman Amy Erickson. There will also be live music throughout the festivities.
All graduating seniors will be expected to participate in a live dress rehearsal set for Friday, May 28, at 8:30 a.m. The seniors will be loaded onto buses immediately after the rehearsal has ended, with their caps and gowns still on, and visit all of the district's academic buildings for a "Parade of Schools," which will last until approximately 11:30 a.m. The seniors will then be released until Saturday's ceremony, as classes for the graduates-to-be actually end on Wednesday, May 26.