In Williams, the 75 students that made up the senior class were spread out across their field while family filled out the grandstands.
The late switch from a virtual graduation to in-person graduation pleased the students who invested 13 years in their education and were ready to take on the next chapter of their lives.
“Whatever you do, have fun, be safe, and don’t apologize – just do better,” said Valedictorian Cassandra Peetra Vargas Ruiz, during her senior address.
“Today will forever be a special moment in our life,” said Salutatorian Jasmine Guadalupe Arreola Ramirez, during her class history speech. “It’s also the end of an amazing chapter of our lives. But also the beginning of another chapter.”
It was about this time that the informal tradition of inflated beach balls bounced around over the heads of the seniors, who were all too excited to get the after-party started.
Superintendent Edgar Lampkin, who presented the Class of 2020, shared a personal story about the anxiety he had with car trouble on the way to his own high school graduation. He also spoke about how he planned to improve things, making promises to his future students if he should ever become a principal or superintendent.
Although the ceremony was originally planned using Public Health guidelines, the Williams ceremony was fairly similar to others in the county.
As in a traditional commencement, each of the schools had speakers that shared messages about hope for the future, acknowledged the unconventional school year, and expressed gratitude for members of the community, family, and school staff.
Diplomas were handed out as families cheered and undoubtedly breathed a sigh of relief that the challenging school year came to a successful close.