Concordia Lutheran High School honored its seniors with a "Friday Night Lights" celebration on May 1, said Jonathan Schleicher, director of advancement for Concordia Lutheran High School.

“COVID-19 has been difficult on our students and families, but also for our staff,” Schleicher said in an email. “We miss seeing the students on campus, and our hearts break for the seniors who really just want to be with each other.”

To celebrate the class of 2020, lights in all five of Concordia’s stadiums were lit on May 1 as school administration, faculty, staff and coaches were spaced out on the campus parking lot to cheer on students while they drove by. According to Schleicher, 105 of Concordia’s 127 seniors participated in the event Friday night.

Concordia’s original graduation date was set for May 22, but has been pushed back to sometime over the summer due to social distancing guidelines.

According to Schleicher, the event was just the first of many celebrations that are planned for graduating seniors, according to Schleicher. The Concordia Lutheran High School Tomball Facebook page will be highlighting four seniors each day by posting their photos and listing their post-graduation plans.

Additionally, on May 8 faculty and staff will deliver packages to each Concordia Lutheran High School senior, with gifts and handwritten notes from administrative assistants.

As a date for a delayed graduation ceremony has yet to be set, the high school will also film students on campus walking across a stage in their graduation regalia the week of May 11.

“We wanted to make sure their final month of high school is memorable and positive while providing as many memory-making opportunities as possible,” Schleicher said.