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Drive-through Graduation Information

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