With caps, gowns, and vehicles, Uvalde High School’s class of 2020 will graduate tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Uvalde High School.
The vehicle-based ceremony will be the first of its kind for UHS. In a drive-through format, students will walk across the stage, receive their diploma, have an opportunity for a photograph, and return to their vehicles.
Approximately 300 students from both Uvalde High School and Crossroads Academy are set to walk the stage, which will be set up in front of the John H. Harrell Auditorium.
Vehicle line-up is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and graduates will be able to listen to the ceremony in their vehicles by tuning into KVOU radio.
The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube via the district’s website, ucisd.net.
According to Anne Marie Espinoza, the school district’s executive director of marketing and communications, graduates will receive two graduation programs, two graduation fans, and five family tickets.
In correspondence sent to parents by UCISD Superintendent Hal Harrell on May 12 following a school board meeting held the day before, when four UHS students addressed the board with hopes of reversing the graduation ceremony, he said the district chose this option for safety and will continue forward with their plans.
“This is the safest option for our graduates, their families, and our community. Families can come together in the safe environment of their vehicles,” Harrell said.
Other schools from the surrounding area also holding ceremonies tomorrow include Knippa ISD, Leakey ISD and Nueces Canyon CISD.
Graduation for Knippa ISD students will follow a similar vehicle-based format and is slated for 8:30 p.m. at Knippa School.
In-person ceremonies are slated for Leakey ISD, beginning at 8 p.m. at Leakey Stadium; and Nueces Canyon CISD, 8 p.m., at Northcutt Stadium.