Saturday marked Trinity School's first graduating class at its new Edgemere location. While the pomp and circumstance came a little later this year, there was no way the school would let their six seniors move on without walking first.
"We just had to do it," Trinity School Board of Trustees President Jamie Lewallen said. "We knew we couldn't safely do it in May, but we just knew we had to do it. That's why we're outside and it's 100 degrees.
Trinity School is the only school in Oklahoma City dedicated specifically for children with learning differences.
"Sometimes, joys don't come their way all that often because they work so hard to get here,” Lewallen said. “This is a really big day for them, and for their families.”
Miss Oklahoma Addison Price served as Saturday’s commencement speaker. She identified with some of the Trinity School students.
Price has dyslexia, so speaking to this senior class was extra special.
"Anytime you feel like you've faced a struggle or obstacle in your life, being able to celebrate others achieving their goals is just a true blessing," Price said.
The class of 2020 at Trinity School and at every school know all about struggles and obstacles.
The coronavirus replaced classrooms with computers, which can prove problematic for kids who learn differently.
"Because our kids learn a little bit differently, we do a lot of hands-on teaching here and that doesn't probably lend to remote teaching as well," Middle School Division Head Becky Edmonds said.
But empty classrooms in the spring didn't mean school's out for summer.
Edmonds said they learned a lot about virtual teaching during the last two months of the school year.
As of now, the plan is for students to be back in the classroom August 16th. Masks and safety precautions will be in place when classes resume.