Seniors graduate at the Pinnacle Bank Arena during pandemic

Feelings of excitement and relief are words from families who finally saw their children graduate on Saturday morning.
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Feelings of excitement and relief are words from families who finally saw their children graduate on Saturday morning.
Lincoln Southwest High held its ceremony early Saturday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Masks were required, and families sat spaced apart.
“I was pretty excited to see my friends one more time,” said Mohhmed Nour, a graduate. “I kind of thought that the gatherings like this wouldn’t happen anymore, so it’s a nice surprise.”
Lincoln Public Schools limited tickets to six per student, which affected some Silverhawks like Hannah Nguyen.
“My parents, like my dad, he lives in Florida,” said Nguyen. “So, it was sad that we could only have six people because I have such a big family, but I mean, we recorded it.”
Graduate Jaiden Triggs says it was special to finally have her moment because she is the eldest sibling.
“I’m the firstborn,” said Triggs. “So, like my parents get to watch me walk across the stage is like their first. So, I know that they really enjoy seeing me walk across, and they’re really proud of me.”
This mom says she’s proud all 2020 seniors pushed through.
“I’m really proud of him, he really did very well, you know, and all 2020 graduates, even COVID-19 has been a challenge for all of us, but apparently all of them they did a very good job,” said Samia Gamie, Nour’s mother. “Congratulations to all 2020 graduates, especially my son.”
And families tell Channel 8 that this is just a great moment to celebrate as it’s been a really tough year.

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