The Maxwell High School Class of 2020 has endured a number of lost traditions this year, but one continued last Saturday.
The soon-to-be graduates gathered drive-in style at the Sacred Heart Parish Church parking lot for their baccalaureate ceremony.
A blessing of the class was delivered by Father Gutierrez and Pastor Malcom White over a PA system while students remained in their cars. The first-time ever drive-thu ceremony went off without a hitch.
“Our class has suffered so many losses for our senior year,” said Melissa Ramirez. “Being able to keep this tradition in a different style will be a memorable one for all of us.”
An opening poem by Cheri Azevedo greeted the attendees with words about friendships, memories, and future endeavors. Prayers and special messages from Gutierrez and White followed, and pre-wrapped refreshments were passed out to the occupants of each car.
“We had about a fourth of the class in attendance,” said Azevedo, who organized the event. “I couldn’t bear to see these kids lose out on another right of passage, so I abided by the social distancing rules and like just like the church services, I did it drive-in style, to stay in compliance with the county ordinances.”
President Donald Trump, last Friday, labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen last weekend, even though some areas, including California, remain under coronavirus lockdown.