Hurricane survival: Florida graduates to mark storm on gowns

May 26, 2019 GMT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — High School graduates in a Florida county devastated by Hurricane Michael will wear a cord to commemorate their resilience since the storm hit last fall.

The Panama City News Journal reports that Bay County seniors will have the light blue cords as part of their graduation gowns.

Arnold High School Principal Britt Smith in Panama City said the students overcame adversity and demonstrated great character in the challenges they faced in the aftermath of Michael, a Category 5 hurricane that damaged and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses last October.


Former Panama City resident Jamee Graff organized the effort and raised money to buy the 1,430 cords. The color is called robin egg blue, and is supposed to represent stability and depth.


Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com