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FUSD High Schools Announce Graduation Procession

Event to take place Friday, May 29, 2020

Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) high schools, Coconino High School, Flagstaff High School, and Summit High School, will hold graduation processions on Fourth Street in Flagstaff, Arizona on Friday, May 29, 2020.  The event will include an opportunity for graduates to be recognized while still ensuring necessary social distancing measures. 

 “We are very proud of the accomplishments and efforts of FUSD’s senior students over many years.” said Superintendent Michael Penca. “They are graduating under extraordinary circumstances in which they have demonstrated persistence, patience, and compassion for others.  While we all wish we could hold our traditional ceremony, we know this event will be a special celebration for our seniors, their families, and our entire community.”

Students will participate as passengers in their vehicles and will begin the procession at Mount Elden Middle School at their respective school times. The students will drive south on Fourth Street where they will meet their school administrator who will provide their honors then turn around and return back up Fourth Street to Linda Vista Drive where the procession will disperse.  

“It is important we recognize our graduates and our team is so grateful that our community, the City of Flagstaff, and FUSD are putting in the extra effort to recognize our seniors,” said Flagstaff High School Principal Tony Cullen.

Flagstaff High School will begin their procession at 10:00 a.m.  Summit High School will then proceed at 1:00 p.m.  Coconino High School will begin at 2:00 p.m.

“We are looking forward to this historic (unique) celebration for the Class of 2020,” shared Coconino High School Principal Stacie Zanzucchi.

FUSD is encouraging all participants and viewers to follow social distancing practices.  This includes parking in lots on Fourth Street and watching from inside of vehicles.  Additionally, FUSD and each high school will be providing a livestream for each of the three processions via school district and individual school social media pages.

The processions are replacing the graduation ceremonies originally planned for the same date.  FUSD had to cancel these large public gatherings like traditional graduation ceremonies and proms due to the COVID-19 pandemic and required social distancing practices.