Class of 2020 celebrates with improvised graduation


Senior Kianna Butts stands with her family after receiving her diploma.

Ashten Asimos

#VBGrad2020 graduation festivities helped this year’s graduates roll into a week of improvised ceremonies, honoring the class of 2020 whose graduation was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students chose 10 people to watch them walk across the stage and receive their diploma in a minimized, isolated environment to prevent the potential spread of the virus- during VA Gov. Northam’s phase 2.

“I was very proud of the school and satisfied with the way that they celebrated our class given the situation,” said senior Lucas Bushey. 

Seniors, with family and/or friends, were escorted into the gym by a masked faculty member.

“Obviously I wish we could have gotten to experience the normal graduation ceremony, but the school did a great job with the rules that they had to follow,” said Lucas. 

The ceremonies took place over four days, from Wed., June 17 to Sat., June 20, depending upon the student’s choice during sign ups.

Stay tuned for a video that features some of this year’s 505 graduates.