As area seniors get set to graduate, the cap and gown ceremonies in gyms and on football fields have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic. What’s left is some creative ideas by a variety of schools.
Two high schools in Flagler County, Florida have combined their ceremonies at Daytona International Speedway. Palm Coast and Matanzas high schools will be holding their ceremonies on May 31st. The speedway came up with the idea that will see each family and graduate with one car, and no one able to exit the vehicle. Graduates will receive their diploma as they cross the finish line and then circle the Daytona track for a victory lap! The ceremony will be simulcast on the radio inside the track as well as live streamed on the school’s website.
In Fort Worth, Texas, at least 23 high schools will hold their graduations at Texas Motor Speedway. Graduates will be spaced to allow for social distancing as they walk to victory lane to receive their diplomas! Family members can watch their graduate from their cars in the infield and on the track’s 12 story “Big Hoss” video screen, as well as see it live streamed.
It’s not the greatest time to be graduating from high school, but for many students it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something no one else has done.
Congratulations to our area 2020 graduates!