As schools throughout the country continue to find ways to recognize their graduating seniors while also dealing with social distancing guidelines in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators at Valley Union High School in Elfrida have come up with a plan that will allow them to honor their senior class with a graduation.

The commencement which is normally held inside a packed gymnasium at VUHS, will take place this year on the school’s football field starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 23

Superintendent Kyle Hardt said each senior will be allowed one vehicle per family. The vehicles will be spaced proportionally along the dirt track around the field. Family members are being asked to remain in their vehicles during the commencement.

The 28-graduates receiving their diplomas will be seated on the football field, spaced out according to social distancing guidelines.

There will be one guest speaker as well as speeches from the valedictorian, Adriana Raber and salutatorian, Rebekah Claus-Walker in addition to welcoming remarks from Superintendent Hardt.

Only one person at a time will be allowed on the graduation stage, Hardt said. When it comes time to present the diplomas, the graduates will come up one by one, receive their diploma, and then exit the stage.

Once the commencement ceremony is completed the Elfrida Fire Department will lead the vehicles in a parade through the streets of Elfrida.

Hardt said the ceremony will also be streamed live on the school’s Facebook page.

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