While most surrounding districts are using outdoor stadiums for high school graduations this year, the Kent School District plans to do drive-thru ceremonies at schools similar to last year due to COVID-19.
That decision didn’t go over well with Kentridge High School senior Ally Haisch. Her comments were read during the May 12 Kent School Board meeting.
Haisch named all of the districts that have announced ceremonies at outdoor stadiums, including Auburn, Renton, Highline, Seattle, Tacoma, Lake Washington, Sumner/Bonney Lake and Issaquah. The sites include Auburn, Renton and Highline memorial stadiums, T-Mobile Park in Seattle and Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Federal Way will use its memorial stadium with each student getting two tickets for in-person guests.
“These districts are making efforts to put plans into place that truly is a celebration of the student,” Haisch said. “It is hard to sit back and watch district after district make the change to in-person graduation. Meanwhile, it feels like Kent’s laziness is shining bright right now and the people at the top do not care about our success as students and young leaders.”
Superintendent Calvin Watts during his May 12 report to the board confirmed that Kent will hold graduations in June at each school.
“We will celebrate our seniors with on campus in-person graduation ceremonies,” Watts said. “It will be similar to last year with each school able to accommodate required health and safety guidelines. It will provide graduates and families a chance to celebrate a milestone.”
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