Great news for the members of the Class of 2020 at Lassen High School — a unique plan for a “live graduation” despite the public gathering restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Josh Blackburn, assistant principal, said the high school has planned a drive-through graduation ceremony along Riverside Drive this year to be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 5.
“The speeches and everything will happen,” Blackburn said. “93.3 JDX will be broadcasting it over the radio,” and a professional company will create a video that will go up on YouTube. The ceremony also will be live streamed on the Lassen High School Facebook page.
“It will all be professionally done,” Blackburn said. “It will be just like a graduation … we’ll do the speeches, we’ll do the whole thing. We’ll call the student’s name, they’ll get out of the car, they’ll walk up on a stage and receive their diploma, they’ll walk further down behind the 700 building where they’ll have an opportunity to throw their cap in the air, and they’ll get their own little confetti cannon shot up in the air for them … It’s going to have some hiccups for sure, but compared to most districts in the area, we’re going to give the students a real graduation instead of doing something digital. We’re doing the best we can for the graduates.”
According to a statement from LHS, “Congratulations seniors! You are almost there. We are quickly approaching the end of your high school career. Everyone agrees that this has been an interesting year and one that will be remembered for the rest of our lives.”
This year’s graduation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, but families need to report by 5 p.m. The school hopes to have the ceremony completed by 8 p.m.
“We have approval from the city to have this event, and we want to ensure that we can do several of the other events that we are scheduling for our students who will be returning next year and events for our seniors after they graduate,” according to the statement.
Blackburn said students should check the high school’s Facebook page because information on many other events such as Student Body, drill team tryouts, cheerleading tryouts and more can be found there.
“We’re trying to give the students everything we can possibly give them,” Blackburn said.