High school calls unusual graduation a success

Lassen High School’s class of 2020 had an unusual graduation ceremony last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the pandemic and health concerns regarding large gatherings, the high school came up with a unique plan for a “live graduation” for the students — a drive-through ceremony held along Riverside Drive, Friday, June 5. The ceremony is available for viewing on the Lassen High School Facebook page.

“It went amazing,” said Josh Blackburn, LHS’ assistant principal. “It was a lot of work. We had some unsung heroes for sure — our front office ladies, counseling office ladies. People will never understand the number of hours they put in to make this successful.”

Blackburn said he was proud of how everyone worked together to make the event a success.

“We had cars that broke down, we had people who stepped up and started taking care of it,” Blackburn said. “Even the people who weren’t very excited about it at first seemed to enjoy it.”

In fact, the event was so successful, he said people have asked the school to do the graduation event this way every year.

“It was a lot of work,” Blackburn said. “I’m very proud of our team.”