For HJUHSD to postpone graduation until we are able to have the proper ceremony

For HJUHSD to postpone graduation until we are able to have the proper ceremony

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Angel Torres started this petition to Hanford Joint Union High School District and

Hello, my name is Angel Xavier Torres, a Hanford West High School senior, I am writing this letter to voice an opinion that is not only mine but many other seniors about how graduations ceremonies should still be celebrated traditionally.


I understand the world is currently dealing with something that was completely unexpected; however, the class of 2020 deserves a true graduation ceremony to commemorate the last decade of our teenage lives. I am aware that the gathering of people in large amounts would be impossible at the time being. For that reason, I suggest that we still have a traditional ceremony at a later date -- however much later that may be.


    Over the last week, I’ve heard on social media how the proposal for virtual graduation is not very congratulating to us and how this suggestion does not feel like we are being honored for our accomplishments. This “online ceremony” does not please me in the slightest bit even though I appreciate it I would much rather wait for the proper ceremony. Also, many families have family members that are apart of the military or family that lives out of state who would love to see their student graduate and by canceling the traditional ceremony this ruins that special moment for them not to mention the very special moment for parents who have pushed their children so hard for. Therefore, I ask that HJUHSD lends us, students, compassion, and patience for the loss of our senior year and postpones graduation until we are able to have a traditional ceremony.

   

    In a text message sent out by the school that stated that a traditional graduation ceremony, prom, senior night and every other after school activity would be canceled may have ruined the attitudes of many seniors who have had multiple tiring nights struggling to turn assignments in on time, skipping out on hanging with friends to stay on track in school and put all their effort into school to just have the one special moment they were all looking forward to all for it to be stripped away from them with nothing special enough to replace that moment. Many seniors would sacrifice some time in order to have that one special ceremony. A postponed ceremony would be the best solution because it allows the class of 2020 to have that feeling of success they have longed for since they understood what graduating meant to them and their family. Many other places are postponing their scheduled events, including the ones that students have devoted themselves to, and we should join them and do the same.


    The class of 2020 has lost a lot of things this year and graduation should not be one of them. A traditional ceremony is supposed to be symbolic and celebratory, not something you sit down and watch on youtube. At the end of this epidemic not only will we be celebrating our academic accomplishments but the fact that we came together as a community that fought for the proper ceremony, making this time in our lives even more special.


Sincerely, Angel Xavier Torres


   

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