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Coronavirus: Will high school proms and grad ceremonies still happen?

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Mar 18, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — Prom and graduation season is almost here for high school students, but will these events happen?

That's the question many seniors are asking right now. News 5 spoke with two seniors at Pine Creek High School who shared they're preparing for the worst.

Roderick Glassford said, "There's kind of a thought of kind of wanting it to be over when you're in it, but then, obviously, once you're looking back on it you're wishing you could have another day back."

In a time when high school seniors are supposed to be soaking up the last few months of their glory days Glassford is preparing for what could be an unusual ending to his high school career.

"I don't think we'll have prom to be completely honest or graduation. I don't think I'll be in the school ever again really."

He believes this because of how the coronavirus has impacted things so far.

Glassford said, "I think it's only going to get worse before it gets better."

His friend, Jaden Stapp, agrees. He said, "It's kind of hard to believe that this year's so much different or looking so much different."

The two seniors went to prom last year and were hoping to go again this year.

Glassford's plan was to "hopefully get a date, yeah, have a good time, get some guys together."

Stapp said, "I was really excited...take my girlfriend out and have a good night."

As for graduation Stapp said, "I think it's been a really big deal to me, especially like my parents as well...they were really looking forward to being able to see me walk the stage and just do those senior things."

But even as they face the unknown of what's to come over the next two months they're doing what they can to stay connected while still working to be safe and practice social distancing.

Glassford said, "We've been getting some guys together, playing baseball, being outside as much as we can."

Stapp said, "Trying to kind of just hang out with as many people as I can before we go off to college."

We did reach out to several districts in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. We're told no solid decisions have been made yet regarding prom and graduation as it's just too soon to tell. However, districts are discussing options. Some are even asking vendors if the events could be postponed to sometime in June.