Seniors at St. Pius X High School are getting ready for their close ups! While many schools have been forced to move their graduation celebrations online or later in the summer, or even cancel them, SPX administration found a way to continue the graduation ceremony on its originally scheduled date.
“Graduation is a time to recognize and celebrate a student’s years of hard work and academic achievement,” said Carmen Garrett Armistead, SPX Head of School. “St. Pius X High School has found a creative and unique alternative for the 2020 Commencement Ceremony that will allow graduating seniors to ‘walk across the stage’ while still adhering to social distancing directives.”
After extensive discussions, the decision was made and the graduation information was finalized. Originally set for a morning ceremony at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, it will now take place in the evening at Showboat Drive-In, located in Hockley, Texas.
“None of us anticipated that this school year would end like this,” said Armistead. “But we are determined to make this a special time for the Class of 2020. All schools are trying to figure out how best to honor their seniors while still keeping in mind their safety and health. We think we’ve found a positive solution!”
While still working out the specifics, SPX has begun preparation for this different graduation ceremony. There will still be valedictorian and salutatorian speeches, and an address by Armistead, but the usual Mass will be replaced with an event that will be infused with prayer and the prayerful spirit that is so much a part of St. Pius X High School. Students will still walk across a “stage” to receive their diplomas, but they will be spaced at least 6-feet apart. Families will be cheering their graduate on from the comfort and safety of their cars, spaced 12 feet apart, while watching the festivities on the theater’s two jumbo movie screens. Graduates and their families will be encouraged to decorate their cars to add to the celebratory atmosphere.
“It may not be the traditional ceremony every student anticipates,” said Armistead. “But it is definitely one they will remember for the rest of their lives.”