Graduating During COVID-19: Devyn Del Curto

What’s It Like to Graduate During a Pandemic?

We asked a few 2020 high school graduates.


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of our lives. While we’re adjusting, we wanted to know how our local seniors were impacted. Imagine not being able to feel the typical completion of something you’ve worked 12 years for.

Here is a brief interview with Devyn Del Curto for her take-aways.

  1. What high school did you graduate from?
    I graduated from Rio Rancho High School.

  2. If you have them, what are your plans for college?
    In the fall, I will be attending New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. I will be majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on Biology. My goal is to become a Biomedical Engineer after I graduate.

  3. What was the hardest part of completing your senior year remotely?
    Actually, I didn’t find it too difficult. It aided me because the curriculum was shortened and simplified, making school work tasks a lot easier. Some of the communication aspects were difficult because the curriculum was not designed for distance learning.

  4. What did you regret missing the most from the end of your senior year?
    The hardest part for me was missing the actual graduation ceremony, seeing as it is a pivotal aspect of the schooling experience. After years of hard work, the experience of walking across the stage to receive the diploma is something students look forward to.

  5. What did you take away from this situation that may help you in the future?
    The experience taught me how important flexibility and adaptability is in life. I also learned the value of not taking the simple things in life for granted. These are life lessons that will serve me well in the future. Life is full of curveballs and doesn’t always go as planned. Taking things as they come, adjusting to them and persevering is crucial for one’s success.
Life is full of curveballs and doesn’t always go as planned.Devyn