East Lansing students graduate with refreshing and normal ceremony

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – After a year of uncertainties, East Lansing students were able to move their tassels in person at Friday’s graduation ceremony.

This is something these senior graduates weren’t sure would happen. But, as some students told News 10, they’re certainly glad that’s the case.

East Lansing High School graduate Laila Lloyd said: “It’s really amazing because we’ve been through so much. This year has been really difficult for a lot of us. It’s really good to finally cross the finish line and get through this tough year. Eric Elmoore is also a graduate of East Lansing today.

“I feel accomplished in a way, it was a long road,” Elmoore said. “I feel like overall, as a class, we did a lot of things together to graduate, so it feels really good.”

It was an accomplishment celebrated in a somewhat normal way, after almost two years of abnormality.

“It’s really good, I feel happy that our school has organized something for us,” said Elmoore. “It’s been really tough this year trying to go back to school and make things a little bit normal, so it’s really nice to have a degree which is kind of normal for us.”

Usually East Lansing High School has its graduation ceremony at Michigan State University, but this year it was moved to the high school football field due to the pandemic. Lalya’s sister Carynne Lloyd wasn’t sure she could see her sister graduate because of the pandemic.

“I didn’t know if they were going to have a prom or a diploma if it would be virtual,” Lloyd said. “So, she’s going to have those moments that everyone else expects in high school, so I’m just so excited to see her graduate and walk through the stage in person.”

The students said their farewells and turned the last page of an unusual chapter in their lives.

“I’m a little sad that we’re leaving,” Elmoore reflected. “But, I’m really glad we got through this.”

Tonight they went through a real scene and into the future, a scene that they hope will bring more normalcy like tonight’s ceremony.

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