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Patriot Day

Parkersburg South High School seniors Emily Dugan, left, and Lauren Somerville, right, pose for a photo before the start of Thursday’s graduation ceremony at Erickson All-Sports Facility. “Four years ago we entered through the doorways of Parkersburg South High School, small fish in a very big pond,” she said. “I now realize how valuable those moments were. We’ll remember how beautiful the process was, that we were able to come together and form something special.” (Photo by Michael Erb)
Parkersburg South High School senior Kayla Brianne Bradley addresses the Class of 2020 during Thursday’s graduation ceremony at Erickson All-Sports Facility. “We did not choose to have a pandemic crash our senior year, but we should take comfort in the memories we have made, no matter how big or small,” she said. “We should revel in the fact that we made it to this exact moment.” (Photo by Michael Erb)
The Parkersburg South Air Force Jr. ROTC begins the Presentation of Colors at the start of Thursday’s Parkersburg South High School commencement ceremony. (Photo by Michael Erb)
Facemasks were issued to all of Parkersburg South High School’s Class of 2020 seniors to wear at Thursday’s graduation ceremony. COVID-19 concerns and health guidelines also caused the school to limit the number of people each graduate could bring to the event. (Photo by Michael Erb)
Parkersburg South High School senior Adeline May Smith speaks to her fellow Class of 2020 graduates Thursday at the school’s 53rd commencement ceremony. (Photo by Michael Erb)
A group of Parkersburg South High School seniors pose for a photo before the start of Thursday’s 53rd commencement ceremony at Erickson All-Sports Facility. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School held its 53rd commencement Thursday at Erickson All-Sports Facility.

The school’s graduation ceremony was delayed for a month after a statewide shutdown of schools to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

Due to guidelines concerning COVID-19, students were limited in the number of guests at the event and graduates were given face masks sporting the South logo.

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