Twenty years from now, maybe all of this will seem pretty insignificant.

Life will go on.

The Class of 2020 can expect to experience all the joys and heartbreak that come during the process of maturing into adulthood.

There will be love, marriages and babies.

There will be smiles, hugs, life-long friendships, kisses and moments of incredible passion.

There will also be funerals, divorces, tears, mortgage payments, student loans and a million other unpleasant things.

It's all part of growing up.

The members of the Class of 2020 don't know what the future will hold.

Hell, no one does when they are 18 years old.

How could any of us?

The Class of 2020 is focused on the present. Right here and right now.

And right now, many of them are confused, hurt and frustrated.

An invisible enemy has taken from them something they have worked hard for their entire lives. There's nothing they can do about it.

The Class of 2020 earned the honor of being able to take part in a graduation ceremony with their friends and family.

It doesn't look like that is going to happen.

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky schools remain closed through the end of the academic year because of the COVID-19 crisis.

With the ban on large groups still in place as well, it seems there's no feasible way to have any sort of traditional graduation ceremony.

Madison Central principal Brandon Fritz told The Register that he is determined to have some sort of celebration for the seniors -- even if it means moving it to July or even August.

That would be something very, very special.

It still, however, wouldn't be the same.

The Class of 2020 not only won't have a graduation day, they also didn't to go to their senior prom and they spent the final two-plus months of their high school careers at home, away from their friends, teachers and classmates.

They will all remember the date -- March, 13, 2020.

That's when their world changed.

"Never take your senior year for granted," Madison Southern senior Maggie Brock posted on Twitter. "In the future, live every day of the school year like it's March 13. Show up to games, cheer your heart out and enjoy spending time with your friends while you can."

They are just teenagers, but they've been given an unfortunate early look into the harsh realities of the world.

You don't always get what you want.

Things aren't always fair.

They weren't supposed to learn those lessons for many more years.

In two decades from now, the Class of 2020 may not even think much about the final two months of their senior year.

It might just be a fleeting moment that comes up only when they are reunited with old friends.

This too shall pass.

A disappointing end to one chapter of their lives won't define the Class of 2020.

It should only make them stronger as they turn the page.

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