The road to graduation had been a bumpy one for Cydney Adamen. After becoming a teen mom, she dropped out of high school.
“My mom had a hard time waking me up and I would walk out and I had a lot of problems throughout high school. I had my daughter Octavia in 2018,” said Cydney Adamen.
Having a child inspired Cydney, so she went back to school to give her daughter a better life.
“My mom has been waiting a really long time to see this and I’m the first person to be able to do it, said Adamen.
Fellow graduate Regan Barry has been accepted to a six-year medicine program in Ireland. She hopes the pandemic will not put a pin in her plans for the fall.
“If I can only do online then I’ll stay home for a year, but if not then I’ll be headed there and my plane is booked for Sept. 15,” said Regan Barry.
Leo Hayes set up their gym for the ceremony. To accommodate social distancing regulations, only the family of the student crossing the stage can enter.
“We have four time slots and we have the alphabet broken up, and they can come morning or afternoon,” said Sherry Norton-Graham, acting principal at Leo Hayes High School.
Parents snapped pictures and became overwhelmed with emotion watching the hurried process of calling the students name, a brief photo op, and the symbolic moving of the tassle to the left.
“It felt really good because we didn’t think it was actually going to happen,” Heather Gruchy, a proud parent.
The virtual graduation with guest speakers will be posted on the Leo Hayes website.