In Case Action Needs to be Taken, Please Postpone El Segundo High School’s Graduation

In Case Action Needs to be Taken, Please Postpone El Segundo High School’s Graduation

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Disclaimer: This is entirely a precaution. We are hopeful school will resume and that graduation will continue as planned. But, IN CASE action needs to be taken to protect our health and safety, we just have one request: please postpone, don’t cancel. 

The ESHS class of 2020 has worked incredibly hard through 12.5 years of K-12 education. We are arguably the highest achieving academic class in school history, with high CAASPP test scores and and acceptances to the nation’s best universities. That said, with three months left of school, the senior class is heartbroken. During what is typically a period of celebration, we are left to question whether or not we’ll get to enjoy the moments we, and our families, have dreamed of our entire lives. Athletes’ spring seasons are cancelled, and there is mounting uncertainty regarding the state of prom and senior night. 

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, universities are cancelling commencement ceremonies altogether and are moving to online alternatives. Most recently UC Irvine, and UCLA, whose ceremonies were to happen the same weekend as ours (June 12-14). 

The pomp and circumstance of graduation is symbolic of something much greater; it’s not just about receiving a diploma. Some students are the first in their families to graduate and for some parents and grandparents, this may be the only opportunity they have to see a child graduate. 

We recognize that ESHS administrators have not yet made a determination about what, if anything, will happen with activities such as the 4.0 brunch, senior picnic, baccalaureate, and graduation. As previously mentioned, we’re optimistic we’ll be back in school. But,  IF action needs to be taken, we request that these events be postponed to a later, safer date, rather than cancelled altogether.

Because ultimately, we deserve to celebrate years of hard work, and a virtual ceremony simply isn’t the same. Our senior year has already been cut short, and we don’t want this potentially taken from us too. 

 

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