‘In-Person’ Graduation Date Set For LCHS Seniors

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With hopes that COVID-19 cases will continue falling, district school officials said they are committed to providing an in-person graduation ceremony for seniors in June. Last year, seniors had to suffice with a drive-thru ceremony (above).

With the final stages of reopening schools for limited instruction nearly complete, the La Cañada Unified School District is shifting its focus to a specific group of students.
“We want to prioritize [La Cañada High School] seniors,” said Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
The district announced late last week a list of events to celebrate its seniors. Student leaders and administrators are hopeful that public health officials will continue to ease restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to dramatically fall after an alarming winter surge. With coronavirus metrics improving locally, Los Angeles County is not far off from moving out of the most restrictive purple tier, which indicates widespread infection, into the less-restrictive red tier, which would allow more on-campus activities.
LCHS Principal Jim Cartnal joined the governing board meeting virtually and presented a schedule that includes seminal events. School officials are committed to providing an in-person graduation ceremony on June 3 at Spartan Stadium and prom on Saturday, May 15. Cartnal said that locations are still being considered for the dance but that it may be held on campus where students can be masked and socially distanced.
“We’re going to go for it with Spartan gusto. We’re going to attempt to locate it at LCHS where we’re going to turn the campus into a really fun multi-space experience for prom attendees,” he said.
The senior baccalaureate is scheduled to be held on May 27 at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church parking lot, and the school is planning grad night at Universal Studios for the following evening.
Cartnal said the senior awards to be held at Spartan Stadium on June 3, and Commit Day — during which seniors are encouraged to wear apparel of the college they are attending — is scheduled for May 3.