The Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis will display the colors of Minnesota state high schools the evenings of Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, as a tribute to the graduating Class of 2020, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MnDOT and MDE will be joined by the Minnesota Twins, who will also display colors celebrating the Class of 2020.
“The global pandemic put an abrupt halt to many cherished traditions and activities this spring, including graduation ceremonies celebrating the hard work of thousands of Minnesota high school seniors,” said Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. “We’re lighting the bridge to honor the achievements of these students and the promise they bring for a brighter tomorrow.”
“This spring, our graduating seniors sacrificed so many of the traditions that we hold dear in order to help as many Minnesotans healthy and as safe as possible,” said Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker. “Among those sacrifices included traditional in-person graduation ceremonies to celebrate all of their hard-earned academic accomplishments. We are excited to partner with MnDOT to honor the class of 2020 and their bright futures.”
The colors of the American Flag will begin the light show each night 30 minutes before sunset and end the show 30 minutes after sunrise. The presentation of the high school colors begins at 9:40 p.m. There will be 86 two-color combinations changing every five minutes.
The attached spreadsheet shows the color sequence of the display, but individual schools are not listed.
MnDOT will post a time-lapse video of the light show to its website on Friday, June 26.
The I-35W Bridge is equipped with a computerized lighting system that allows the agency to color the bridge with light in almost any color. It is often lit in various colors for significant regional, national and international events.