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All dressed up and nowhere to graduate

Liberty High seniors receive their caps and gowns while graduation plans remain uncertain
Liberty High School seniors (or a family member) picked up their graduation cap and gown during a drive-through event Thursday, April 30, at the school.

NORTH LIBERTY– Curbside pick-up has become a mainstay of the new normal during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as restaurants and hardware stores have adapted in order to serve their customers in a safe and socially distanced manner. At Liberty High School in North Liberty, curbside delivery was utilized on Thursday, April 30, as a way to distribute graduation caps and gowns to the seniors during a two-hour event. A drive-through lane was set up outside the main entrance to the school where tables were set up with boxes full of bagged caps and gowns, arranged alphabetically. Principal Scott Kibby with Assistant Principals Justin Colbert and Emily O’Donnell joined Jostens representatives Kristy Stern and Karl Stern (all in masks and gloves) in pulling orders and delivering them to the vehicles.
The question remains if the seniors will be able to don their commencement exercise garb, cross the stage, receive their diploma and have the tassel on their Oxford cap flipped or not. The Sunday, May 24, graduation ceremony at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City has been cancelled.
“We continue to hold out hope for a formal, in-person graduation,” Kibby said, adding the Iowa City Community School District was planning to make a decision by Friday, May 29.