O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson had a special bond with the indoor ceremony Thursday night at Sparta High School in southwestern Missouri: His granddaughter was among the 42 seniors receiving diplomas. Missouri reopened after the pandemic-forced shutdown on May 4, and Parson was among the few governors allowing large-scale gatherings, including graduation ceremonies. Sparta’s superintendent said attendance would be limited, and families spaced apart from each other in the approximately 2,000-seat gym.