Willmar seniors graduate with loved ones

The Willmar Senior High School commencement for the Class of 2021 was Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the Willmar Civic Center.

Graduates walk in the procession during the Willmar Senior High School Class of 2021 commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the Willmar Civic Center. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — From a global pandemic to distance learning to a scaled down prom, the Willmar Senior High School Class of 2021 navigated a lot of high and lows throughout the year. The seniors got to celebrate their graduation without coronavirus restrictions on Sunday surrounded by their friends, family, classmates and community members with no in-person limit.

The commencement is typically held in the high school's Big Red Gymnasium, but the ceremony was moved to the Willmar Civic Center this year in anticipation for social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions. The restrictions had been lifted by the day of the event.

Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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