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High school sends off 2020 grads with zip line celebration in Colorado Springs


It's safe to say graduation ceremonies haven't looked the same this year due to Covid-19. However, one small private school in Colorado Springs decided they wouldn't let a global pandemic stop them from celebrating their graduates. In fact, they added a little adventure.

“I mean, I’ve never grabbed something on the way down so that’s pretty cool," said Ryan Glaze, a 2020 graduate of The University School in Old Colorado City.

Glaze was one of 24 seniors who zip-lined across the stage Friday morning, grabbing his diploma in the process.

“I’m so glad, even in this situation, we’re allowed to stay consistently following the rules and have an awesome graduation," said Ryan, who is off to study biology at CSU in the fall.

"It fits us. It’s unique," said Jeff Cooper, the head administrator of the school.

"We want to try to be a different Christian school than just your regular run of the mill, five day a week school," he said.

With climbing walls in the hallways, a zip line, even a canyoneering curriculum, the small Christian school is known for their "adventure program." So they thought, "Why not be adventurous while honoring their grads?"

"We thought if we could just zip line students over across the stage, hand them a diploma, you know it’s a way to congratulate them, to celebrate them, get their parents to allow them to get some pictures and just kind of a nice closure to the school," said Cooper.

Friday was officially just a fun photo shoot for the 24 University School grads, a memorable way to capture their graduation during Covid-19.

The school hopes for a real ceremony August 8.

Josh Helmuth

Josh is an anchor for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Josh here.

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