Saturday June 6 car procession will help honor students graduating local high schools


By Staff Report

As the school year comes to a close, Morgan Hill Unified School District is inviting the entire Morgan H ill community to join in celebrating the Class of 2020.

Despite the current shelter in place order, district officials have carefully planned recognitions for graduates. Each school will be holding a virtual graduation online, with many pre-recorded components of a traditional graduation. The graduates, their families, and community members can join in and watch as the Class of 2020 takes the next step into their futures. They have created a page on their website dedicated to the Class of 2020. Currently, there are countdown clocks until their prospective graduation dates and times for each high school. The virtual graduation videos can be accessed at https://www.mhusd.org/class-of-2020.

Congratulations Graduates 2020 (With images) | Congratulations ...In addition to the virtual graduation videos, recent changes to the shelter in place guidelines allow for a celebratory car procession to take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 6. The Class of 2020 students will schedule a time with their high school to pick up their diploma and pose for a brief photo opportunity in their cap and gown. From there, they are invited to join in a car procession anywhere along the route which includes Monterey Road through downtown, Tennant Avenue,  Butterfield Boulevard, and Cochrane Road. The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill and Kiwanis of Morgan Hill have sponsored photo banners which are displayed downtown to honor the graduates. Graduates will be entering the route from different starting points any time between 9:30 a.m. and noon. The roads will not be closed so there may be other drivers along the route. Viewers will be able to spot the graduates by their car decorations and students in caps and gowns.

They encourage the community to find a place anywhere along the route to cheer on the graduates. Morgan Hill Police Department will have motorcycle patrol to ensure the safety of all passengers in the vehicle procession, and spectators have been approved for this event. Feel free to bring signs, banners, noisemakers, etc. to celebrate the Class of 2020.

However, the shelter in place is still in effect and coming out to support our graduates along the car procession route should not be considered a “gathering.” All spectators are asked to practice social distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance from those outside of their household. Also, spectators are encouraged to wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of illness.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Robert Airoldi