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Sherwood High Class of 2020 had their choice of individual graduation ceremonies on the athletic field or having their diplomas delivered to them.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Dylan Robrecht sits in the back of his parents truck with his family after receiving his diploma on the first day of the drive-up graduations on the football field at Sherwood High School. 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.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Sherwood High School Principal Melissa Baran delivers a sash and academic cords to Valedictorian Andrew Le at his home on June1.

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."PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Chloe Braithwaite is all smiles reacts after receiving her diploma at the first day of the drive-up graduations on the football field at Sherwood High School.

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.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Sebastian Alexander poses for a picture for his mom, Christine Cuel, with diploma in hand during the first day of the drive-up graduations June 2, on the football field at Sherwood High School.

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.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Twin sisters Maliyah and Angel Bowe, both seniors at Sherwood High School, graduated in two different ways. Angel, right, received her diploma from Principal Melissa Baran at her home Monday while Maliyah was planning to receive hers during a drive-up ceremony at the high school later this week.

Meanwhile, those who opted for a no-contact graduation will receive their diplomas in the mail.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Angel Bowe smiles after she was given her diploma from Sherwood High School Principal Melissa Baran as her family watches on Monday, June 1. Bowe's twin sister, Maliyah, was planning to receive her diploma during a drive-up ceremony at the high school later in the week.


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