The Socorro Independent School District stayed true to its commitment to honor the Class of 2020 with eight graduation ceremonies, in which more than 3,000 graduates were celebrated as they crossed the stage to receive their high school diplomas in front of family members who had a VIP view of their graduates.
Team SISD delivered the unforgettable moment for the graduates July 16-18 and 23-26 at the Student Activities Complex in socially distant ceremonies that allowed two family members per graduate as mandated by the local public health department. The event was live streamed on the district website and numerous photographers were on hand to capture the special moment for the families.
The graduates showed exuberance and pride as their name was announced and they crossed the stage to pick up their diplomas. All of SISD seniors looked ready to take on the world as they posed for a picture on stage.
“I’m so happy for our graduates from the Class of 2020. We are so proud of you. All of you worked hard for over 12 years, so you deserve this moment,” said SISD Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D. in a pre-recorded message. “A lot of hard work went into ensuring this graduation was done safely and successfully. Make no mistake about it, we love our graduates and we would move mountains to watch you cross this stage to receive your high school diploma.”
The graduations were planned and executed with public safety at top of mind and were approved by local health and government authorities.
Each graduate and family member had a wellness screening and their temperatures checked by SISD school nurses before they entered the stadium. All graduates, family members, school and district staff members were required to wear masks throughout the ceremonies.
A diverse SISD team contributed to successfully and safely executing the graduations, including maintenance, technology, and support staff; counselors; student activities directors; principals; assistant principals; nurses; teachers and coaches.
Many parents voiced their pride for their children and appreciation to Team SISD at the ceremonies and on social media.
“Thank you #TeamSISD for working overtime and all the planning you do for this,” said Linda GiGi Rubio, parent of an Americas High School graduate via Facebook. “I can’t even imagine, it’s not the circumstances we’d prefer, but definitely better than nothing! So proud of our graduate.”
As parents walked in front of the stage, up close to their children to capture that personal, memorable moment, they thanked Dr. Espinoza and SISD employees for having the commencement ceremonies and echoed the sentiment online as well.
“Thank you, Dr. Espinoza for making it happen and to all the SISD educators, police and volunteers that were on hand at the ceremony,” said SISD parent Arleen Aguirre via Facebook.
Parents and family members also posted their photos and videos on social media with their messages of happiness for the graduates.
“Congratulations to my beautiful baby girl, Chloe,” said Rita Hernandez, parent of a Socorro High School graduate via Twitter. “Through all the obstacles, you still made it to this day! I’m very proud of you!”
Parent of a Mission Early College High School graduate Claudia Hollick was happy the graduations happened.
“While it wasn’t the graduation we wished for, it was heartwarming to see our kids walk across the stage and be able to share it live with family near and far,” said Hollick on Twitter.
Many parents were also appreciative of the organization of the ceremonies and efforts to keep everyone safe.
“Thank you SISD,” said Brenda C. Gaucin, parent of an El Dorado High School graduate via Facebook. “Everything went smooth and very organized! Happy to see every graduate receiving their diploma! Best wishes to all c/o 2020!”
For each high school graduation, a special video was posted on the district’s YouTube page featuring a graduate who performed the national anthem as well as commencement speeches by Dr. Espinoza, the senior class president, student body president, salutatorian, valedictorian and senior shout outs.
“Watch out world because here comes Team SISD Class of 2020,” Espinoza said in his speech. “All of you proved during this pandemic, you are ready to stay in the fight and become champions at whatever noble profession you decide to pursue.”
Team SISD ensured that every aspect of the graduation was captured via video and photos, contracting extra photographers to get photos of the graduates with their diplomas and walking into the stadium with their families.
Graduation photos are available for FREE high-resolution download via this link
Socorro ISD Class of 2020 Graduation Photos
Socorro ISD Class of 2020 Speech Videos
Socorro ISD Class of 2020 Shout-out Videos
Socorro ISD Class of 2020 Ceremonies