2020 Graduation Plans

Senior Families,

Thank you for your patience.  With all of the daily changes in response to the coronavirus it is hard to keep up.  Directives about the closure and anticipation of things returning to normal may have heightened uncertainty and increased anxiety.  To plan for Luther High School’s graduation three options were submitted to the La Crosse County Health Department.  Unfortunately, none of those plans were found to be in compliance with current state mandates.  While that was disappointing, we are grateful that there is an approved way to have graduation.  At times such as these the Apostle Paul’s encouragement to the church in Ephesus is most appropriate: “I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.  Live with all humility, gentleness, and patience bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3) 

Luther High School’s Class of 2020 Graduation will be done in two phases.  On Sunday, May 31 each member of the Class of 2020 will be formally presented his/her diploma.  On Sunday, June 7 a video of the entire graduation will be posted on Luther’s website. 

Below are details about the Sunday, May 31 presentation of diplomas and the Sunday, June 7 video of the entire graduation.       

May 31

All 2020 seniors should have received a scheduled 2-minute time period via e-mail to receive his/her diploma (see below). A school-provided professional picture

will be taken as the diploma is handed to each graduate.  We will be filming the event which will be added to a graduation video production created for the Luther High School Class of 2020.  We look forward to this special presentation and respect the work students have done to get to this point.  This is a great moment to celebrate and offer thanks to God.  We need to remember to keep what we do within the restrictions of the state mandates. At all times people not in the same family need to be 6 feet apart. 

Graduates:

  • Wear your graduation gown and cap (no customized cap allowed) with tassel on the right and
  • Recommended to wear gloves and a mask (no customized mask or gloves allowed).
  • Dress appropriately for this momentous occasion!
  • After you receive your diploma move the tassel to the left side of the graduation cap.

The following directions from the health department must be followed out of respect for all participants and to ensure minimal risk.  Thank you for your cooperation!

1. Families arrive and enter the Green Bay Street parking lot.  Weather permitting, the presentation of the diplomas will be done in front of the Luther High School sign near Wilson Street.  In the case of inclement weather, the presentation of the diplomas will be underneath the canopied Chapel/Auditorium entrance.     

2. Only the graduate is allowed out of the vehicle and wearing a mask and at least one glove.  Family must remain in the vehicle and photos must be taken from the vehicle.  We ask that each family brings just one vehicle and that the family wear masks, if possible.

3. Pastor Lisk will read the graduate’s name and Bible verse as they walk to receive their diploma.

4. A picture of each graduate receiving his/her diploma will be taken and a complimentary copy will be made available electronically to each member of the Class of 2020. 

5. Upon receiving his/her diploma, the graduate will return to his/her car and drive off as the next car pulls forward.

6. Teachers will be around to help keep the line moving and answer questions.

7. Please respect each other's time and space as photos are taken.

8. The school will not be available for use.

June 7

A video of the entire graduation including the sermon by Pastor Cox, class speaker address by Katherine Bruns, comments by Mr. Wichmann (all of which will be recorded earlier), and the May 31 presentation of all diplomas will be posted on Luther’s website.

While all these plans may not have met our hoped-for graduation expectations, the fact that God has brought us safely to this time of graduation is cause for thanksgiving and affords us an opportunity to serve our Lord and others in gladness.  At a later date when circumstances permit and we can safely gather, Luther High School will acknowledge the Class of 2020 as a group.

Student Full Name followed by the Graduation time on May 31, 2020 starting at 2:00pm

Chioma Blessing Albert 2:00

Mahreah Ellen Bain 2:02

Bennett Michael Barney 2:04

Mitchell Alan Bass 2:06

Olivia Faith Baudek 2:08

Karter Jon Benrud 2:10

Ellis James Bertolotti 2:12

Natalie Gail Bolstad 2:14

Cayden Ray Breidel 2:16

Katherine Elizabeth Bruns 2:18

Evan Francis Budin 2:20

Phoebe Elizabeth Ruth Christenson 2:22

Caleb Joseph Christopherson 2:24

Levi Timothy Cox 2:26

Ryan William Crick 2:28

Ethan John Diehm 2:30

Richard Jacob Elliott 2:32

Peter Avery Garofalo 2:34

Haley Reese Gronholz 2:36

Joshua Tyler Hackbarth 2:38

Karinna Elnor Handy 2:40

Blake Allan Jandt 2:42

Tyler Avery Kaiser 2:44

Alison Cheryl Karr 2:46

Annabelle Grace Koenig 2:48

Alexus Marie-Elizabeth Koll 2:50

Emily Grace Komay 2:52

Joshua Daniel Larson 2:54

Abbigayle Rose Las 2:56

Abigail Linlihan Lenz 2:58

Grace La Carol Manke 3:05

Ashley Ann Manske 3:07

Joseph Daniel Mc Namara 3:09

John Daniel Michels 3:11

Heather Raquel Mierau 3:13

Klarissa Marie Miller 3:15

Lily Marie Neumeister 3:17

Samuel Benjamin Robert O'Neill 3:19

Connor Patrick Peterson 3:21

Grace Anne Pralle 3:23

Kaylee Rae Raabe 3:25

Julianne Marie Reedich 3:27

Samuel Richard Riedel 3:29

Erik Everson Rogers 3:31

Kathryn Jean Sauer 3:33

Tyler Thomas Savor 3:35

Jalen Amelia Schwichtenberg 3:37

Grace Lin Shepard 3:39

Brandon Mitchell Stadtler 3:41

Elizabeth Ann Stuebs 3:43

Katie Lynn Tauscher 3:45

Kelly Sue Tauscher 3:47

Isaiah Charles Tillman 3:49

Jenna Kay Wahl 3:51

Abigail Jean Wierzbicki 3:53

Nick Edward Wieser 3:55

Christian Jacob Wihlm 3:57

Emily Rebecca Wintrone 3:59

Jacob Colton Yehle 4:01

In Christ’s Service,

Mr. Paul Wichmann
Principal

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