Lusher Charter School students celebrate graduation with unique ceremony

June 01, 2020 - 03:21 PM

New Orleans, LA – Lusher Charter School held a unique graduation ceremony for the senior class of 2020 seniors on May 23. The day included virtual speeches, a neighborhood caravan past homes of Lusher grads and a diploma ceremony.

The commencement began with a virtual ceremony with speeches by members of the faculty and senior class president, and the reading of each graduate’s name and their accomplishments. Chris Dier, the 2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, gave a commencement address for the students.

“Due to social distancing, Lusher was unable to hold a traditional graduation ceremony, so we have reimagined the tradition and offered our graduates a commencement ceremony they can truly be proud of,” said Lusher High School Principal Dr. Steven Corbett.

After the virtual ceremony, the “Senior Stroll” automobile caravan made its way throughout the Lusher neighborhood. Families drove their vehicles, decorated to the nines to celebrate with members of our entire K-12 community.

SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE CELEBRATION BY HARLIN MILLER, JR.

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The Class of 2020 finishes at Lusher Charter School’s Freret Campus where administration and staff awarded diplomas to each student in intervals and at a safe distance. Graduates still had the opportunity to walk across the stage, receive their diploma, and turn their tassel.

“A graduation kit was delivered to each student’s home that included car window markers, a map, decorations, poster board, and their cap and gown,” said Dr. Corbett.  “We are making sure that every graduate has a vehicle to ride in and can participate in the ceremony.”

“We are excited to provide this experience, while keeping the health and safety of our students and families as the priority,” said Lusher Charter School CEO Kathy Riedlinger.  “We know our community will rally around these seniors to make this an event to remember. Lusher does not back down from creative challenges and this graduation proves our spirit, community and determination.”

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Photos by: Harlin Miller, Jr.

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