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MWHS Hosts Memorable Cap & Gown Distribution

MWHS Hosts Cap & Gown Distribution

Click on the above image for more photos from the cap and gown distribution by Toby Robinson

June 4, 2020 — Although graduation cap and gown distribution usually happens without a lot of fanfare at Mound Westonka High School, this year’s event turned into a real celebration.

"Some moments happen, others we must engineer to create memories that endure a lifetime,” said MWHS Principal Mark McIlmoyle. “This was one of those engineered moments we hope sticks in the minds of students and families for a long time to come."

On a sunny afternoon June 2, the Class of 2020 paraded past lines of teachers and staff members holding signs and cheering for these students who have yet to see their graduation day ceremony. Each student received their cap, gown, tassles, and a special T-shirt to mark the occasion.

Arranged by MWHS Student Senate, Senate advisor Jamie Harms and administrative assistant Megan Quinn, the event provided an opportunity for teachers and staff members to congratulate the graduates, who are ready to make their mark on the world.

“We wished we could have given the seniors the whole city to drive around and be celebrated, but we were so thankful we got to at least provide this,” said Harms. “We are fortunate that the school allowed us to do this. It was something new and different, but it was clear it meant a lot to the senior class.”

Students stopped to hear their name called by Principal McIlmoyle in true “sports-like fashion’” while they received their caps and gowns from excited staff members. Enthusiastic Senate members handed off ice cream treats, and the event was topped off by a farewell salute from the Mound Fire Department and lights and sirens from the Minnetrista Police. 

"In a season of cancellations, it felt great to come safely together in celebration of these incredible young people who made a real impact on Mound Westonka High School," said McIlmoyle.

School administrators commended Student Senate, Harms and Quinn for pulling together a “really wonderful” event. They also thanked the Minnetrista Police Department and Mound Fire Department for their help in making the day extra special.

Harms also thanked all the staff members who participated, and added special thanks to McIlmoyle, Quinn, Marty Fischer, Jen Bormes, Sue Simonson, Toby Robinson, Brendon Burk, Jeff Peterson, Mark Femrite, Westonka Foodies, Mound Fire and Minnetrista Police.

"Congratulations Class of 2020,” said McIlmoyle. “You will be missed."