Planning for graduation ceremonies

While planning for graduation ceremonies in the time of COVID-19, Catholic high schools in the archdiocese held drive-thru events where students could pick up graduation materials and see teachers and staff. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Teachers and staff cheer as students make their way through a drive-thru to pick up their caps and gowns. This year, in response to the unique challenges posed by COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, senior students at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights received their caps and gowns in a drive-through pick-up at the school on May 2, 2020. Students received staggered time slots for their pick-up in order to maintain safe social distancing. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Steve Tortorello, principal of Marian Catholic, places a cap and gown in the trunk of a student’s car. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Senior Morgan Mroz holds up a sign while waiting to pick up her care package at Mother McAuley High School. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., held a campus car parade to celebrate the class of 2020 on May 8. During the parade, students picked up care packages from the school and signs to put on their family's lawns. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Mother McAuley teachers and staff place care packages in the trunks of students' cars. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
People cheer on the students. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Mark Szczepkowski, chair of Nazareth Academy’s religion department, waves to students as they dropped off non-perishable food items at the school’s campus in LaGrange on May 7 during a drive-thru food drive. The items were donated to local food pantries for distribution during the pandemic. The event was part of the school's annual Circle the City Day of Service. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
A Nazareth student reacts to seeing faculty. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Nazareth Academy principal Therese Hawkins, alum Patrick Uphues and president Deborah Vondrasek Tracy carry donations students dropped off in the drive-thru. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)