The COVID-19 pandemic has altered life across North Texas for everyone, including high school seniors who cannot attend a traditional graduation.
But at International Leadership of Texas: Arlington-Grand Prairie High School, administrators did their best to celebrate their top achieving student’s accomplishments in spite of it all, by holding a parade.
“We just wanted to come up with a way to show them how much we appreciate them and really care about them,” Principal Quentyn Seamster said.
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Among those on the side of the road was valedictorian Amanpreet Chahal, who became visibly emotional.
“I really liked it,” she said. “Despite it not being a typical year, we still did it, you should still be proud of your accomplishments.”
On Tuesday Gov. Greg Abbott announced state guidance for high school graduations, presenting four different options:
- Completely virtual ceremonies that take place entirely online, with the use of video conference or other technologies.
- Hybrid ceremonies, which consist of a compilation of videos of students being recognized in person as they celebrate graduation in small groups.
- Vehicle ceremonies, in which students and their families wait in their cars while other graduates are recognized one at a time with their families alongside them.
- Outdoor, in-person ceremonies, which are currently permitted for counties as follows: From May 15-31, an outdoor ceremony may take place in a rural county that has an attestation as described in the Governor’s Report to Open Texas that remains in effect seven days prior to the ceremony.
- An outdoor ceremony may take place in any Texas county on or after June 1.