With the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions, officials in charge of the Pequot Lakes graduation ceremony are walking back some changes and limitations for the Friday, May 28, event.

“No limits on attendance, no masks, no social distancing,” Pequot Lakes High School principal Aaron Nelson said.

The plan is still for the ceremony to take place on the Pequot Lakes football field at 7 p.m., but the backup plan in the event of bad weather is now to conduct a more traditional ceremony with the Class of 2021’s 136 graduates in the Patriot Athletic Center, as in the years before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The graduate parade through Pequot Lakes - a “new tradition” that began last year due to COVID-19 restrictions - will take place after the graduation ceremony, and Grad Blast will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Last year's ceremony was a drive-thru event after a parade through downtown. Graduates took turns getting out of their vehicles to receive their diplomas and have photos taken.

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This will be the first time graduation will be held outdoors on the football field.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or dan.determan@pineandlakes.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Dan.