116 Avonworth High School seniors graduated Friday evening at Lenzner Field in an outdoor, socially-distanced ceremony for the class of 2020, a notable change from the traditional early June ceremony with community members filling up the bleachers,
While “Pomp and Circumstance” played over the field’s speakers, 31 masked students entered the field single file, finding their seats in evenly spaced out chairs across the track. After the seniors had taken their seats, guests also entered single file, stopping on chalk lines spaced evenly apart across the entrance way. Only a few guests stood in front of the graduates, as each senior was allowed only four guests.
The commencement ceremony was held four separate times, starting at 8:30 in the evening, an hour and half later compared to the usual 7 PM start time. The final group was scheduled for 10:30 PM
Two more significant departures from the traditional ceremony were the addition of a DJ booth and a fireworks show as an intermission to the ceremonies.
For those who could not attend, the ceremony was live streamed via Facebook Live.
Several students were also recipients of the Hannah Milbert Memorial Scholarship, which they received with their diploma.
At the conclusion of each of the ceremonies, School Board President Beau Blaser and superintendent Dr. Ralston, pronounced the graduation and the students turned their tassels before parading off the field.