Caps will not be thrown, but Perham High School seniors will graduate at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 22.

To comply with state guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 graduation ceremony will be a drive-in, taking place in Perham High School's west parking lot. Graduates and their families will participate in the ceremony from their vehicles, according to a letter sent from the high school to families of graduates.

In case of weather, the ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, or 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, if needed, according to the letter.

After the graduation ceremony, a parade through Perham with local law enforcement, will take place. The parade will start between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. The parade route will begin at Perham High School, travel along Coney Street to County Highway 34 and down Main Street to Service Foods, according to a Facebook post on Perham Public School's Facebook page.

This year's student speaker will be Madelyn Tangen, Katie Zepper, Caden Bormann and Maddux Kovash, Perham High School Principal Ehren Zimmerman said to the Focus in an email.

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According to Zimmerman, the other speakers will be Ryan Beachy as this year's teacher speaker, guest speaker Perham native and radio host Cory Hepola, and Principal Zimmerman.

The community is asked to show its support along the parade route.

The graduation ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube and broadcast on Lakes 99.5 FM at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Everything you need to know

Perham High School sent these graduation guidelines to the students and families of the Class of 2020:

  • All students who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony must confirm their participation with the high school office by Wednesday, May 20. Graduates must confirm participation by emailing Lynn Lehman at, Kim Anderson at, or calling 218-346-6500.
  • All graduates, including those who may not be attending the evening ceremony, have the option to sign up for a private commencement between 1 and 4 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to walk across the stage for a picture by a photographer or family. This opportunity will be limited to the graduate, the parents, and the administration. Families should contact the high school office to arrange an available time.
  • Each graduate will be allowed one vehicle per family; split families will be allowed two vehicles.
  • Graduates and their families should begin arriving at 5:45 p.m. the Northwest Entrance off Coney Street.
  • Students giving speeches will make their way to the stage at the time of their speech in the graduation program.
  • Students will not be crossing the stage to physically receive their diplomas.