How Does Lakeland’s Class 2021 Feel About Their End of the Year Senior Festivities?


Mr. Novak with a former Lakeland graduate at graduation ceremony. (Courtesy of Lakeland Regional Twitter)

With the weather getting warmer, school work getting harder, and the smell of spring landscaping in the air, that could only mean one thing, the month of May is upon us. The month of May is argued to be one of the hardest months of school; with May comes end of the year tests, last minute grading, and for “antsy” upperclassmen: senioritis. As the year winds down there are always great things for seniors to look forward to: prom, graduation, and end of the year senior events. However, as we all know, this is no normal year, and senior festivities will be a little different this year. 

June 15, 2021 will be the school-oriented prom, which will be held at Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park. Graduation will take place at the Warwick Drive-In on June 16. Then, on June 17, seniors will be given their diplomas on the Lakeland football field. There will be no outdoor senior day taking place this year, unfortunately.

You’re probably thinking to yourself, a graduation? And a diploma ceremony? Seems a bit silly to have both, right? Well, The Lancer Ledger got a chance to listen in on some of the seniors themselves as they shared their opinions on the planned out festivities. 

We got a chance to catch up with senior and student athlete, Joey Cole, “Yeah it really is a bummer that COVID is ruining alot of our senior plans, but it’s really great how faculty is working really hard to give us something.”

Another senior from the Lakeland community also spoke with us on this topic. Hockey star Hunter Quinn stated, “Yeah like Joey said, ‘Somethings better than nothing.’ But I do personally find it a little annoying how we have two graduation ceremonies, and I know others feel the same way. But I do totally appreciate the fact that they are giving us as much as they can, and I understand how [the] state controls the majority of the rules and the safety of all the students comes first.”

With the year winding down, it is important to enjoy what we have and take advantage of the opportunities presented to us (remember, last year there was no prom!). So, once again from the Lancer Ledger, the message stays the same for the Class of 2021 and beyond: appreciate what you have and make the most of it.