One of the most memorable things about the graduating class of 2020 is how they are dealing with the pandemic.

In response to their stoic determination, the folks at the Alliant Energy building have come up with a fitting tribute to honor our young adults who are taking some giant steps into a world that is pretty messed up right now.

For the next week, the tallest building in downtown Cedar Rapids will be lit up in different school colors to honor the class of 2020.

It began Thursday May 21, with a tribute to Washington High School with red and blue beams lighting up the city's tallest building with a somber evening sky in the background.

Parents drove their graduating students downtown for pictures in front of the building. People gathered for just few minutes keeping safe distances from others with the same idea.

Historians are telling us to document our experiences this year more than ever, and it's easy to understand why.

The class of 2020 will be remembered for ingenuity and perseverance.

Mike Ferris

Here's the full schedule of the Alliant's remaining high school tribute of colors:

  • May 21 - Washington High School - Red and Blue
  • May 22 - Jefferson High School - Blue and White
  • May 23 - Kennedy High School - Green and Gold
  • May 24 - Linn Mar High School - Red and Black
  • May 25 - Marion High School - Crimson and Gold
  • May 26 - Prairie High School - Orange and Black
  • May 27 - Xavier High School - Navy and Silver
  • May 28 - Metro High School - Purple and Black
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