Words: Jeramy Stavlas
Photos Contributed By: Adithi Soogoor, Farah Helal, Jessie Gabel, and Constanza Montemayor
On Saturday, May 16, Centennial High School held their senior pick-up drive-through for caps and gowns in the Centennial parking lot. More recently, on Monday, June 1, they held their diploma pick-up.
For the students, these were big and long awaited events that sparked a social media trend of seniors posting pictures in their new attire, awaiting their virtual graduation which will be held on Thursday, June 4.
“Given what the school had to deal with, they exceeded my expectations for what I thought they could do,” stated Charles Reisner, a member of the 2020 graduating class over a text interview.
Centennial’s faculty was just as content as the students. “I observed so many happy, smiling faces,” remarked Centennial’s principal, Cynthia Dillon, over an email interview. “I think the moment when you get to feel another person’s energy is both surprising and comforting.”
Seniors also dropped off textbooks and other school materials they were unable to return before school closures.
There were very strict precautions for this event, and the students had to follow an alphabetical time schedule, stay in their cars at all times, and follow a traffic pattern to ensure that everyone stayed safe and healthy. Only one car per family was allowed.
According to the students, the safety measures were executed very well. “I never felt as if anyone was in danger of spreading or contracting the virus,” added Reisner.
“We followed our approved plan and the guidelines issued by the CDC, so I’m comfortable with our result,” stated Dillon.
Centennial plans to do a similar pick-up event for non-seniors who left essential items such as medications and personal technology later in June.
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