Following a historic year for education, approximately 1,400 Rochester seniors are expected to graduate high school Saturday, while Lourdes and some of the surrounding school districts have already sent their seniors off.
Even though many things are inching back to normal, there still will be some modifications due to the pandemic. Instead of one ceremony, each Rochester public high school will have three. They will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the school gyms. Tickets are required for entrance.
Seniors can pick which of the three ceremonies they want to attend. One positive change is that rather than being restricted to two guests, seniors are now allowed to invite up to six people to watch them walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
The multiple-ceremony format will be a change from last year when each high school hosted a drive-through ceremony for the seniors.
Some Rochester seniors have already completed their commencement. Lourdes High School held its graduation ceremony Friday for just under 100 seniors.
Some area schools also have completed the ceremony as well. Pine Island seniors graduated May 28. Byron and Dover-Eyota held their graduation ceremonies on May 30.
The commencement ceremony for Plainview-Elgin-Millville will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 4. Both Kasson-Mantorville and Stewartville will graduate their seniors Sunday, June 6.