WACO, TX — Waco ISD is one of the very few school districts who have decided to offer a public graduation. University High School held its graduation ceremony Friday morning at Waco ISD Stadium, and students have never been more proud and thankful to put on that cap and gown.
“Most of us didn’t get to go to prom, so we missed out one thing of our senior year, but it's better that they still had graduation for us,” said David Crame, a graduating senior.
This was the first day the Class of 2020 has been back together since the day before spring break.
“It's great to be able to celebrate together and know that all of our hard work has been coming to this point. This has been our goal for the past four years, so being able to be here is amazing,” said Cassady Copas, another graduate.
It was a sea of purple at Waco ISD Stadium Friday morning, as around 425 high school seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.
“[My son] wasn’t going to come because he’s very afraid of what’s going on, and he didn’t want to come out of the house at all. But when they put together how we can be more safe here, he was like, "I’m going. I want to walk. I want to be like my brothers and sisters and have my moment,"” said Barbara Crasto.
This was by means a “normal” graduation. Everyone entering the stadium was required to wear masks and go through a health screening, which included a questionnaire and having their temperature taken. In addition, each graduate was only allowed two tickets for family.
“I’m so glad Waco ISD changed their mind on letting two guests go. I was going to be pretty upset if I didn’t get to watch my child walk across the stage. She’s our oldest, and it's just a blessing to be able to be here with everything going on,” said Rosanna Cruz.
While 2020 was not at all what these high school seniors thought it would be, they still got their moment and look forward to many more big moments as they head into the next phase of life.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 from 25 News!