Graduation Reactions from D51 Parents and Students

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Many students have bene waiting a long time to walk across the stage, to get their High School Diploma.

“A final moment to celebrate everything you have done, everything you have accomplished.” Kaylee Wash, High School Senior

Due to Covid-19 many seniors traditions like going to prom had to be cancelled. D51 leaders announced that the 2020 graduation will be a drive thru service, where students will be in the car with their parents and will step our briefly to receive their diploma.

“With the drive-thru option, students will be able to see at least 10-12 or more of their classmates as they are proceeding with their families in their cars. We are not trying to shorten the ceremony. Rather, we are trying to be sensitive to the families who are watching and waiting in their cars during a time of the year that will be warm, as some of our graduating classes are near 400 students” Diana Sirko, D51 Superintendent

And the reasoning behind the drive thru graduation…

“With a drive-thru style graduation, students have the chance to see some of their classmates graduate, which many had said was very important to them. At the same time, families getting to see their child accept their diploma right in front of them seemed like something people would appreciate” Diana Sirko, D51 Superintendent

But many parents and students in the community, are not happy with a drive thru graduation

“I think the significance of graduation is lost by doing a drive thru graduation” Lizzette Gonzalez, High School Senior.

Diana Sirko sent an email responding to the community’s reactions “We will certainly continue our examination of options and wait until the original June 22 date to make any decisions, and announce it at that time, as originally planned. “

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