Proms, graduations and birthdays adapt during coronavirus

Royal Palm Beach High School seniors Dominick Grosso and Paige Houck toast each other as they spend their prom night together in the backyard of the Grosso home on April 18, 2020. Their school prom was cancelled because of the coronavirus.

A yard sign and balloons display quarantine birthday wishes for a teen in a front yard amid the Coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia, on April 27, 2020. Several states have seen protests against stay-at-home orders and Georgia has allowed thousands of businesses to resume operations, against the advice of health experts.

Dolores Montelongo, who turned 78 the previous day is surprised by friends and family driving by in their cars to celebrate her birthday on April 28, 2020 in La Union, N. M. Jimenez, a well known mariachi singer from La Mesa, New Mexico, has been singing for senior citizens who have been sheltering in place in nursing homes or in their private residences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A senior smiles for a photo at cap and gown pick up at Ragsdale High School in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Debbie Ziebart, holding sign, a Tavares High science teacher, cheers with other faculty as graduating seniors receive their cap and gowns during a parking lot pep rally at Tavares High School on Monday, April 20, 2020. While practicing social distancing, seniors came to campus to drive through to pick up their caps and gowns from their cars. With proms canceled and graduation ceremonies postponed, parents, teachers and others are looking for opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2020 despite the global pandemic that has the state under a stay-at-home order. So, what could have been a routine distribution of caps and gowns to Lake County high school seniors, became a parking lot pep rally.

Friends and family members display signs out their cars as they drive past World War II veteran, Lt. William York's home in a parade to celebrate Lt. York's 100th birthday in Yukon, Okla. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

University of Idaho senior Natalie Fischer, right, takes graduation photos of classmate Rebecca Buratto on Friday, April 24, 2020, outside the university's administration building in Moscow, Idaho. The university rescheduled its spring commencement for Aug. 1 because of the coronavirus. Fischer and Buratto both played on the university's soccer team.

Ann E. Cudd, provost and senior vice chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, presents the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement, Sunday, April 26, 2020 in Pittsburgh. Every state except South Dakota, and 35 countries are represented in the almost 8,000 members of the Class of 2020.

This photo shows high school seniors who attended a virtual prom via Zoom on April 16 hosted by the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. With the Class of 2020 missing out on so many traditions due to the coronavirus pandemic, many have gone online to participate in virtual proms.

More than 100 vehicles assembled for a parade in honor of Josh Nodine's birthday in Webster, N.Y. on March 28, 2020, after COVID-19 postponed his planned trip to Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World.

Spaced eight feet apart, United States Air Force Academy cadets celebrate their graduation as a team of F-16 Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the academy on April 18, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After senior cadets spent more than a month on lockdown in the Air Force Academy's dorms due to the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday's graduation, which was moved up by six weeks, marks the first time a military academy is graduating a class early since WWII.

Harper DeVous, 5, runs to her front porch after the birthday parade the youngster's friends held for her outside her home in Evansville, Ind. on April 2, 2020.

A pickup truck is decorated for a celebration to recognize seniors in the class of 2020 at Liberty High School as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on April 17, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Students remained in vehicles as they drove through the school parking lot to maintain social distancing guidelines as they were greeted and cheered by their teachers and staff. On Friday, the Clark County School District announced that it was postponing graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020. Traditional activities for high school seniors have been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11th.

Paige Houck and Dominick Grosso, center, dance with their families during prom night at the Gosso's home in Royal Palm Beach, Fla. on April 18, 2020. Their school prom was cancelled because of the coronavirus.

North East High School teachers Emalie Nagle, left, and Adam Denevic, right, place a sign and give a cap and gown to senior Zachary Nishaick during a caravan April 30, 2020 in North East Borough, Pa. The students missed out on end-of-year events because of the COVID-19 shutdown.

Dajen Bohachek, of Bayside, Wis. is overcome with emotions as friends of hers held a social distance drive by birthday party for her during the coronavirus to celebrate her 44th birthday in Bayside on Friday, April 3, 2020. The group decorated their vehicles at the Fox Point Village Hall before heading to Bohachek’s home to celebrate from the road. The stay at home order and the necessity to stay socially distant from each other has inspired creative ways for people to connect.

North East High School teacher Adam Denevic hands a cap and gown to senior Anna Sveda during a caravan April 30, 2020 in North East Borough, Pa. The students missed out on end-of-year events because of the COVID-19 shutdown.

Pictures of the Crescent High School graduating class of 2020 are seen in downtown Crescent, Okla., Saturday, April 25, 2020. The pictures were hung to recognize the senior class that doesn't know what their graduation ceremony will look like.


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