DNUSD Graduation 2020
DNUSD Graduation 2020
What a great time of year! We have been able to celebrate a variety of moving up ceremonies, promotion ceremonies, and graduations this week, cheering on students from a number of grades and at every school. Even in these strange and trying times, families, school staff, and the community have stood by the youth of our county and have helped to make these celebrations special.
Over the past few days, seniors from Sunset, Community School, and Castle Rock have participated in their graduation ceremonies, as well. All of these ceremonies, as you may know, were variations on the locally and state-approved drive through graduation model. Tonight DNHS seniors will also graduate using the same model. Over the past month, high school and district administration and the Board of Trustees have worked hard to push for our graduations to be as traditional as possible, but we were not allowed to move forward. Our high school staff continued to develop two full graduation plans in the event that an in-person graduation was allowed. Yesterday the effort continued. Supervisor Chris Howard worked with Senator Mike McGuire and Dr. Rehwaldt to get our plan to state officials for a one-time approval. Despite everyone’s best efforts, I was informed yesterday at 1:20 pm that the California Department of Public Health had denied our request to hold our graduation in person.
While we are looking forward to celebrating this milestone in our students’ lives, we also want to acknowledge the fact that, for the first time in 25 years, DNHS seniors will not be allowed to graduate in our football stadium, and we as a district and a community will not be able to share this moment in that space. Tonight, when you drive through, you will see two sets of 20 chairs, representing the class of 2020, set up on the 50-yard line as a silent reminder of opportunities that have been lost in the pandemic.
Although we will not be holding graduation in person, we encourage you to cheer on our graduates as you see them receive their diplomas, to tune in to watch the graduation Livestream and to let them know how much they mean to us, all.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and district staff, we wish every student all the best and success in their next adventures in life and education!