Adams 12 class of 2020 gets to march

District sets stripped-down ceremonies for high school grads July 20-28

Staff Report
Posted 7/15/20

After virtual graduations via computer and one at drive-in, Adams 12’s class of 2020 will get a chance to march. “There are all the parts they’ve missed, and we want to give them that …

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Adams 12 class of 2020 gets to march

District sets stripped-down ceremonies for high school grads July 20-28

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After virtual graduations via computer and one at drive-in, Adams 12’s class of 2020 will get a chance to march.

“There are all the parts they’ve missed, and we want to give them that opportunity,” said Lee Peters, the executive director of high schools for the Adams 12 School District. “They want to march, they want to hear their names called and they want to walk across that stage. That’s what we’re going to try to offer them.”

The school district will host live, in person graduations for its seven high schools at 10 a.m. daily July 20 through 24 and July 27 and 28 at the Five Star Stadium, 9351 Washington St.

Each ceremony is scheduled to last about an hour.

“Much shorter and stripped down,” he said. “They’ll have the procession in, they’ll sit six-feet apart from each other and they’ll get a chance to walks across the stage.”

It’s been a strange year, especially for those scheduled to graduate this spring. Most found the final two months of their high school career cut short when the the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread and the schools transferred from in-person classes to remote learning via online video services.

Adams 12’s graduations so far have been largely virtual affairs, going up online at digital video services Youtube.and Vimeo. Each video offered speeches and presentations from school principals, Superintendent Chris Gdowski and the class salutatorians and valedictorians as well as performances by school chorale groups.

“They’ve already had their virtual graduations,” Peters said. “That’s when they got to hear the speeches and listen to the musical performances. This won’t have those, except for few short remarks.”

Each ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at Five Star Stadium, 9351 Washington St. on the week of July 20-24 and July 27 and 28

July 20: Horizon 

July 21: Legacy

July 22: Mountain Range

July 23: Northglenn

July 24: Thornton

July 27: Pathways

July 28: Vantage Point

Ceremonies should last about one hour and each graduate can bring up to four guests. Guests will be checked in at the gate, although there will be no tickets distributed.

To view each school's virtual graduations from May, visit the district's page at www.adams12.org/news/2020-graduation-information-2020-04-30/

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