Maricopa High School is sticking with its May 21 graduation date, but it will be very different than imagined.
With COVID-19 causing the postponement of the traditional ceremony, the school looked for ways to celebrated the seniors and also get them their diplomas before they head off into the world. Thursday, the new graduation plan gets started at 10 a.m. as MHS releases videos on the district YouTube page and on the MHS graduation page.
Valedictorian Freya Abraham, Salutatorian Haley Lemon and Principal Brian Winter recorded their messages to the Class of 2020 to be part of the videos.
Then, at 10:30 a.m., the school will begin the distribution of diplomas in a drive-by setting. The campus had a similar distribution of senior awards this month.
Seniors and their families can drive through the bus lane off Taft Avenue next to the student parking lot to pick up their diplomas. They are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns. A backdrop will be available in the student parking lot for quick photos. Otherwise seniors and parents are encouraged to stay in their vehicles.
Diplomas will be handed out in alphabetically groupings.
Last Names A-F: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Last Names G-L: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Last Names M-R: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Last Names S-Z: 2:30-3:30 p.m.