Senior graduations at LJISD have looked a bit different this year.
The Palmview High School Class of 2020, along with all the other high schools in the district, celebrated their commencement at the La Joya Independent School District Stadium. The outdoor graduation was allowed in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, as per guidelines from the Office of Governor Greg Abbott.
Students donned face masks along with their caps and gowns, and chairs were spread out all over the field as their families sat and watched from the stadium bleachers, also situated six feet apart. Though their smiles were not visible, the joy was evident when they looked to their parents as they walked, waving at them as loved ones cheered the students on.
An LJISD employee wiped down the mike stand with disinfectant wipes each time a person spoke at the podium, and most speakers even had their own microphones. Amongst the principal, superintendent, valedictorian and salutatorian, Congressman Henry Cuellar made an appearance, giving the commencement address and speaking on the importance of education and hard work.
For more details about the Palmview High School graduation, see our story in next’s week’s issue of the Progress Times.