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Drive-through Graduation Information

Message sent 5/22:

Dear Aztec Seniors and Parents,

As I mentioned in my last email, we will be having a Walk Up/Drive Thru graduation on Thursday, June 11th from 9 am to 4 pm.  We are excited to welcome our Aztecs back to campus and honor them, although in a non-traditional way.  Below are the details you will need to prepare for the graduation.  If you have not done so already, please order your cap and gown through So Cal Grad asap. (  Please read the bullet points below:

  • On Monday June 8th, each senior will pick up a paper indicating their one hour window to arrive for the ceremony (alpha schedule listed below) . Please make sure to arrive during this assigned window and clearly display this paper on the vehicle dashboard to ensure access to the ceremony.
  • Graduates should arrive prepared in full graduation regalia (cap/gown as well as any recognitions from Esperanza such as stoles, cords, etc.)
  • Only one vehicle is allowed per graduate. Limos, party busses, RVs, trailers, etc are not permitted. All family/friends should remain in the vehicle during the entire ceremony, except for graduates once they are directed to exit the vehicle by staff members.
  •  Anaheim Police Department will be on site helping with traffic control on Kellogg Drive throughout the day, so it is important to follow all traffic rules to avoid a citation.
  • Vehicles will enter through the driveway on the south side of the student parking lot. Note that all left turn lanes will be blocked off by Anaheim PD  in front of the school so plan accordingly to enter while travelling north on Kellogg from Orangethorpe. 
  • Staff members will guide vehicles to queue up in the student parking lot. Graduates and friends/family must remain in vehicles during this time. 
  • Once each graduate is directed to exit the car, they will immediately be provided hand sanitizer to use as well as a custom “EHS Class of 2020” facemask, which will be required to be worn through the entire ceremony. 
    • Graduates are not required to wear gloves for the ceremony, though they are welcome to bring their own gloves to wear.
    • Graduates are expected to wear their facemasks and practice appropriate 6ft social distancing with other graduates while out of vehicles during the ceremony
  • Vehicles will be directed to briefly enter Kellogg and then turn into the driveway that crosses the front of the Esperanza office. Vehicles will follow as their graduate walks through several stations towards the graduation ceremony stage.
  • After receiving their diploma cover at one of these stations, graduates will have an opportunity to pose at a “selfie station” in front of an Esperanza backdrop. Family/friends in the car will be close enough to take photos of the graduate at this station.
  • Each graduate's name will be read aloud before stepping onto the stage to pose for a photo. The stage will be low and close enough to the driveway where the vehicle will be stopped to allow clear visibility for family/friends to see the graduation ceremony and take photographs.
  • After stepping down from the stage, each graduate will receive their graduation program and diploma.
  • Graduates will be provided hand sanitizer at the end of the driveway before entering their vehicles and driving off campus.


Abadessa - Contreras  9-10 am

Corpuz - Gomez: 10 - 11 am

Gonzales - Lang: 11 - 12 pm

Langerudy - Ogdon: 1 - 2 pm

O’Grady - Sheldon:  2 - 3 pm

Shields - Zuniga:  3 - 4pm


Please remember to watch the Virtual Senior Celebration on June 11 at 6 pm.  This will include speeches, end of year videos, and a tribute to each Esperanza graduate.  The link to the show will be available on our website that evening.


Soon, you will be receiving detailed instructions on the process for students to return textbooks and other items to campus, as well as pick up their cap and gown, graduation regalia, scheduled graduation time, yearbook, etc.  For your planning purposes this will occur on Monday, June 8th, and appointment times will be given based on your student’s last name.  It would be prudent to begin gathering textbooks, instruments, sports equipment, chromebooks, and anything else you need to return to Esperanza.  Students must have all these items turned in and all debts cleared prior to participating in the graduation ceremony and receiving their official diploma.  


In addition to these events, we will be streaming our annual Senior Awards Ceremony at 6 pm on Monday, June 1st, the originally scheduled date for Senior Awards. If your student will be honored during our Senior Awards Ceremony you will be receiving a separate email invitation. All students and families are welcome to tune in and enjoy the event highlighting scholarship winners, academic department winners, Distinguished Scholars and our finale awards including Athlete of the Year, Spirit of Esperanza, and Aztec of the Year.  The link will be available on our website when it’s time for the show to begin.


Please contact me if you have any questions.



Gina Aguilar




 Message sent 5/15:

Dear Aztec Seniors and Parents,

Stephen Hawking once said, “intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”  If that is the case, we have all become geniuses in the last two months.  I first want to thank you for the patience and grace you have shown to us as we have navigated these uncharted waters.  I have regularly shared with our staff and the district how supported I have felt by the Aztec community through all of this.

In the spirit of change, I am SO excited to let you know that we have plans for an in-person, drive-thru/walk-up graduation.  Esperanza will host our graduation for the Class of 2020 in the front of campus on June 11, 2020, the actual day of our originally planned graduation.  This will be in place of the potential August graduation that has been discussed.  I will be sending out VERY detailed instructions and information about the process next week. Although this is not the traditional way we hoped to celebrate our graduates, having it in June will allow more students to participate and will honor families by allowing you to watch your student graduate up close and in person.  In addition, that evening at 6 pm, you will be able to watch Esperanza’s Virtual Graduation Celebration on YouTube.  Each student will be individually featured in this video, in addition to the traditional graduation speeches by graduates and district and school administration. It will be formatted much the same as our traditional graduation ceremony, minus students being there to receive their diplomas.  We hope you are able to gather as a family and celebrate your graduate that evening by watching the virtual celebration.

In addition to detailed graduation information, next week I will also be sharing with you how students will pick up their cap and gown, graduation regalia, awards and medals they have received, yearbook, etc.  At the same time, students will be returning textbooks, borrowed Chromebooks, uniforms, musical instruments, etc. as well as paying any school debts they may have.   For seniors, this will take place on Monday, June 8th.  If you have other students at Esperanza, they will have an assigned day by grade level as well.

I know you may have questions come to mind about both graduation and what will happen on June 8th.   Please allow us a few days to put together all the details, as I am sure your questions will be answered when those are sent out next week

I hope this graduation news brings you some joy and relief.  On behalf of our entire staff, we are extremely excited to be able to see our seniors one last time in person, and watch them become high school graduates.  I really can’t wait!  


Gina Aguilar