Blustery graduation wraps up in Minden |

Blustery graduation wraps up in Minden

Graduation ceremonies for Douglas High and ASPIRE Academy wrapped up on Saturday afternoon, as winds snatched mortarboards off graduates’ heads.

The parking lot of Douglas High School was full for the first time in a dozen weeks, after the schools were closed for the coronavirus outbreak. More than 300 vehicles containing graduates participated in the procession and the graduation.

A commencement procession featuring hundreds of Douglas High and ASPIRE Academy graduates rolled through Gardnerville and Minden on Saturday morning.

The highway closed at 8:30 a.m. and the procession started right at 9 a.m.

Highway 395 reopened around 10 a.m. as the last of the procession moved onto Esmeralda Avenue on its way to Douglas High School where graduation ceremony for the two schools would be conducted.

A wind advisory takes effect at noon and the wind was already gusting at 20 mph around 10 a.m.