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The Cleveland High School Warriors graduated their seniors in a front-steps diploma presentation this year

DAVID F. ASHTON - Cleveland High School Principal Paul Cook presents Nic Brown with his diploma.Instead of the usual imposing ceremony on the stage of the spacious auditorium at Cleveland High School, the school's 2020 commencement ceremony took place on the steps in front of the school's main entrance on Tuesday, June 9.

The school's staff planned the outdoor celebration because of the restrictions on large gatherings due to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

Parents and supporters pulled into the staff parking lot – where graduates received mementos, then got out of their vehicles and walked across a temporarily-closed segment of S.E. 26th Avenue to be announced, receive their diploma, and be photographed – and then to be whisked away by their drivers.

"We're having our first-ever 'Diploma Day'. Yes, amid intermittent showers, but it's clearly still going to be a good time for our seniors," remarked CHS Principal Paul Cook.

"We're happy to provide this for them, because our seniors have been through so much this year," Cook told THE BEE, as the procession began. "We're adapting to meet the conditions, as we've done for the last few months. This is just another challenge, we've accepted it, we're enjoying it, and we're celebrating our kids!"

Then, one by one, the 380 proud graduating members Cleveland High Class of 2020 – some with broad smiles, others holding back tears – officially became "Warriors" alums.


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