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LVJUSD Celebrates the Class of 2020

May 31, 2020 - Livermore, CA - During the first week of June, the Class of 2020 will walk onto their school campuses one final time as seniors to pick up their diplomas, leaving their schools as graduates. All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) high schools will allow students and their families to participate in a unique, socially-distanced individualized graduation ceremony that aligns with the Alameda County Public Health Department’s Graduation Guidelines.

On Tuesday, June 2, graduating students from Del Valle High and Vineyard Alternative High will take turns arriving at their schools in cars with their families, and walking onto their campuses to pick up their diplomas. School administrators, teachers, and staff members will follow social distancing guidelines and be present to cheer on the graduates.

From June 3 - 5, Granada High (GHS) and Livermore High (LHS) students will participate in a similar process, taking turns to walk across the stage on the football field of their high school campus. Because there are over 500 seniors at GHS and over 400 seniors at LHS, the process will extend over several days. 

“Though we are unable to hold traditional ceremonies this year, it’s important to us that we find a way to give our seniors that feeling of a graduation moment. We’ve spoken to many students about what that means and how to do it, and I think the plans that we have do everything that we can do safely to appreciate and celebrate our graduates,” said Matthew Hart, Principal of Granada High School. Over 10 weeks of intense and careful planning with students, parents, teachers, staff, District leadership, community partners and healthcare agencies has gone into the design of these ceremonies to ensure they are aligned with Alameda County’s public health guidelines. 

Livermore High School Principal Helen Gladden described the event: “Our seniors will walk the field with their family members - socially distanced from other students and their families - and will have the experience of walking across the stage and receiving their diploma. Our goal is to honor this exceptional group of students during these extraordinary times.” Seniors will wear customized masks in school colors, and all attendees will wear masks, in keeping with Public Health Orders.

High school administrators have dedicated hours of developing plans and coordinating logistics that have been communicated with seniors and their families. These administrators along with teachers, District staff, and School Resource Officers will be present to reinforce the safety processes and procedures that graduates and their families will follow. 

“The Class of 2020 had their senior year turned upside down and they have lost out on many of the traditional events that make senior year so very special,” said Gladden. If Livermore residents hear Pomp and Circumstance wafting through the air next week, they can send good wishes to seniors.