Sherwood celebrates seniors with 'drive-up' graduation, Grubhub-style diploma delivery
Sherwood High School seniors received unique send-offs the week of June 1 as their high school careers ended and they had to choose how they wanted to be honored — through a personalized delivery of diplomas, a drive around the school's athletic field for an individualized ceremony or receiving their diplomas via the U.S. Mail.
The idea on how to celebrate 400 graduates amid the COVID-19 pandemic came from Sherwood High Principal Melissa Baran, who along with a committee composed of teachers, students and parents, who came up with a personalized graduation plan for the Class of 2020.
Donning facemasks and appropriate COVID-19 equipment, administrators on Monday, June 1, made a sort of Grubhub-style diploma delivery to students' homes.
"Students and families were provided with the opportunity to sign up for a scheduled time for an in- person delivery at their homes," according to information provided by the Sherwood School District. "School administrators then hand-delivered diplomas to students at their scheduled time. This included bringing the student's regalia items to them during the delivery."
Then on Tuesday, June 2, through Thursday, June 4, students who opted for a more tradition farewell – in this case, kind of a drive-thru graduation – got their chance at the school's Aaron J. Contreras Memorial Stadium. That's where students, joined by their families (all inside their vehicles), were allowed to enter the school's parking long and eventually drive along the stadium's track.
At the 50-yard line, the graduates exited their vehicles (everyone else had to stay in their cars) to receive their diplomas from Sherwood High administrators and school board members. The event included the traditional touches of a standard graduation complete with strains of Pomp and Circumstance wafting in the background, a chance for personalized photo ops with administrators as well as with a professional photographer.
Meanwhile, those who opted for a no-contact graduation will receive their diplomas in the mail.
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