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W-DC graduating 52 on Friday

It's one of the smallest classes in school history.

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City of Wadena staff member Jake Rude hangs senior banners in downtown Wadena Monday afternoon. The banners started out in 2020 as a special way to honor those graduating seniors who were missing some of the last year excitement in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. All banners are made possible by sponsors donating to the cause and a partnership between the city of Wadena and Wadena-Deer Creek Schools. Check out all the double sided banners on your way down Jefferson Street in Wadena.
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WADENA — Wadena-Deer Creek's second smallest graduating class will be handed diplomas this Friday as commencement gets underway at 7 p.m. at the middle/high school gymnasium. Fifty-two are expected to make the walk in front of friends, family and the public.
This class is also one of the smallest expected for years to come as incoming seniors have a class of 75 and this year's fourth grade class is up to 92. The district's smallest class was 49 in 2021.
The class of 2022 includes young men and women who have reached national recognition for their demonstrated use of their education. Several have and likely are on their way to reaching state titles in athletics. They've broken records, surpassed expectations, volunteered selflessly and left an impression on this place.
"This class stands out to me because it has always been a small class, but one of our strongest ever academically and with extra-curricular participation," according to middle/high school principal Tyler Church. "This class has always done things the right way."
With six 4.0 students on hand, there will be a unique set of addresses, with three sets of students speaking. Mikayla Varela/Grace Gallant, Lauryn Gravelle/Anna Church, and Madison Packer/Jamie Barthel will address the audience. Student Council Co-Presidents, Anna Osberg and Kendell Oen, will give the closing address.
Come out and celebrate this group of students and wish them well into their futures.

Graduate parade

Once again this year, WDC will have a parade of graduates after commencement on Friday night, May 27. The parade will begin at approximately 8 p.m. from the Wadena Hockey Arena Parking Lot.
The Route of the parade is as follows:
South on 5th Street to the MState Parking Lot. West through the lot to 7th Street SW. South on 7th to 5th Street SW. West on Irving Avenue SW to 11th Street SW. South to Olmstead Avenue. East to 2nd Street SW. North to Bryant Ave SW. Finally, west to the WDC football field parking lot.
Family, friends and community members are welcome to line the route and meet at the football field after the parade to take photos of the graduates.

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The WDC graduate parade includes the following route, which starts at the hockey arena parking lot and ends at the football field parking lot. The Route of the parade is as follows: South on 5th Street to the MState Parking Lot. West through the lot to 7th Street SW. South on 7th to 5th Street SW. West on Irving Avenue SW to 11th Street SW. South to Olmstead Avenue. East to 2nd Street SW. North to Bryant Ave SW. Finally, west to the WDC football field parking lot.
Map courtesy Wadena County GIS

Other area graduations

If you were hoping to visit another area graduation, you'd be hard pressed to do so. Here are other area schools graduation schedules, all scheduled for Friday, May 27:
Friday, May 27

  • W-DC graduation at 7 p.m. at the middle/high school gym.
  • Bertha-Hewitt graduation at 7 p.m. in the 2000 gym.
  • Verndale graduation at 7 p.m. at Mahlen Field.
  • Sebeka graduation at 8 p.m. at high school gym.
  • New York Mills graduation at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center. Doors will be open at 7 p.m. for seating.
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