Celebrating the Cougar Class of 2020 – Dell City ISD Will Hold (Socially Distanced) Graduation Ceremony May 29
For the members of the Dell City School Class of 2020, senior year certainly hasn't gone the way they would have hoped. That's all the more reason to celebrate this special group of Cougar students as they reach the milestone of graduation.
The Dell City School hosts 2020 Graduation Friday, May 29. With coronavirus restrictions in place, it will be an unconventional event. But the entire Cougar Community – the school's staff, students, families and local residents – is committed to making it an event to remember.
There is a “Plan A,” and a “Plan B,” for the commencement exercises, which will begin at 8 p.m. Graduation will be held at Cougar Field – weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, commencement will take place in Cougar Gym.
Graduation will feature comments and presentations from school administrators and board members, as well as speeches from Kassandra Acosta, valedictorian of the Dell City Class of 2020, and Christian Mendoza, class salutatorian. There will be videos highlighting and celebrating the eight graduates, which, in addition to Acosta and Mendoza, include: Maxine Burford, Victoria Jaelyn Walker, Emilia Velarde, Galicia Velarde, Hunter Wilson and Kolby Wilson.
Under an executive order from the governor, outdoor graduation ceremonies can be held on or after May 29. However, numerous restrictions are in place. The school must keep at least 6 feet of distance between all participants. Members of a single household may sit together – but must be at least 6 feet away from other family groups throughout the event. Hand sanitizer stations will be available. Participating students and family members must be questioned about signs and symptoms of possible COVID-19. A graduation rehearsal is not permitted. For a full list of graduation guidelines, see below.
In “Plan A,” at Cougar Field, graduates will be on the field. Their immediate family members will also be seated on the field, in assigned seating. A few school staffers will be on the field as well. Other attendees will park their cars around Cougar Field – and will be able to watch and listen to the event from there.
If weather conditions don't cooperate, graduation will be held in Cougar Gym. School officials hope to be able to make a determination based on weather several hours before the event, if possible. Indoor gatherings cannot exceed 50 people. Each senior has received four tickets – and only those ticketholders, and a few district staffers, will be able to enter the gym or the school. If it's held in the gym, graduation will be “live-streamed” online, allowing other family and community members to watch the event.
The coronavirus pandemic has cost many lives, and it has disrupted life for everyone – and Dell City seniors, like students across the country, have lost much because of it. But these Cougars are tough, and resilient, and we couldn't be more proud of them. Let's celebrate their achievements – including their persistence through this difficult time – at graduation May 29, and let's do it safely!