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ECHS first to confer degrees to 2021 graduates

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Rebekah Wyles, valedictorian of the Early College High School class of 2021, speaks during graduation ceremonies Thursday evening at the Wool Bowl. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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Graduates, family and friends celebrated Thursday evening at the first in a series of ceremonies for the class of 2021 in the Roswell Independent School District that was also the first traditional graduation since 2019.

With state health orders having closed the schools and restricted large gatherings last year, RISD conducted an all-district drive-through graduation in 2020.

Fluctuating COVID-19 numbers in the months leading to the end of this school year had RISD making plans for accommodating different venue capacities, but the day before ECHS’s ceremonies, the county moved to the least-restrictive level in the state’s risk assessment system.

Student speakers during ceremonies at the Wool Bowl mentioned the memories of their school year, but Salutatorian Hannah Lim noted there would probably be more memories if it were not for the pandemic.

“I never thought I would miss being in a classroom but I did. Doing schoolwork from home has been a lot harder than I expected, and I just want to give us all a round of applause for getting through this semester,” she said.

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Early College High School conferred diplomas to 40 graduates, and 14 members of the class also received associate’s degrees or certificates of achievement from Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.