By Karli Olsen — Spirit Lake High School
Every year, the heart of grad party season falls the weekend before commencement and the weekend of commencement. It’s a time where we go from party to party celebrating the seniors and ultimately consuming far too many calories.
This year, grad party season looks a little different. I’ve been thinking about this time since freshman year, and I was so excited to be able to celebrate all the friends that I have grown up with for so many years.
Today was the original day of my grad party. A day to see all my friends and families that have helped support my journey and a day to celebrate the ending of a chapter of my book. Instead, some are doing a graduation card shower, postponing the date, or canceling altogether. I’m hoping to get the chance to have an in-person graduation party so that I can see everyone and tell them thank you before leaving for college. This year, those in-person grad parties will be spread all throughout the summer and I remain hopeful that we will get our chance.
The other day, my friends and I got to talking in a group message about when people were planning on having their parties. Most are going for the weekend around our new graduation date. With some of them planning to report to college early for fall sports seasons, it leaves us wondering if we will even all be able to attend our best friends' grad parties. Hopefully, by the new date of our graduation on June 18-20 (these are the current date options), we will be able to gather in groups to celebrate!