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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Drive-Through Graduations

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Our seniors have worked hard, and they deserve to be celebrated. We wish we could give them a traditional graduation ceremony, but since that is not possible due to the pandemic, we have worked hard to plan a creative way to celebrate commencement. 

Seniors and families will be scheduled to rotate through a drive-through graduation ceremony. We know it will not be the same as a traditional commencement. However, everyone will have a chance to be honored in front of their families, see the teachers who have supported them, and be at their school one last time.

Ceremony Dates, Times & Live Streams 

Check out your school’s links below for detailed information about your student’s ceremony, including the date and time, location, your assigned arrival time, and link to the live-stream of the event. 

Big Picture High School New Start High School
CHOICE Academy Puget Sound High School/WELS
Community Based Services Raisbeck Aviation High School
Evergreen High School Realistic Transition Program
Highline High School Tyee High School
Mount Rainier High School  

What to Expect

Seniors and families will be scheduled to rotate through a drive-through graduation ceremony with staggered arrival times. You are welcome to decorate your vehicle. Security will be present to ensure cars move through the route. Here is the process:

  • Students and families enter the parking lot, one car per family, while Pomp & Circumstance plays. Everyone is to remain in their cars.
  • At Tent #1, runners will collect student names on index cards and give grads packets containing any awards, honor cords and Class of 2020 t-shirts.
  • At Tent #2, grads will be directed to exit their vehicle and pick up their diploma cover from a table. A school administrator will be there to congratulate the grad at an appropriate distance.
  • Grads will walk to Tent #3, where they will have a professional portrait taken. Grads must stay on the marks as they move between tents.
  • Grads will walk to Tent #4, where they will be congratulated by the superintendent and a school board member, then be directed to return to their cars
  • Cars will proceed to the exit corridor, where they will be cheered by teachers and staff.

Expectations for Graduates and Families

It is extremely important that everyone follows social distancing guidelines for the safety of students, families and staff. If participants do not follow the guidelines, remaining graduation ceremonies for other schools could be canceled. 

  • Each graduate will be assigned an arrival time based on their last name. (Click on the school-specific link above for more information.)
  • Graduates should arrive in a vehicle with only their family members. Following public health guidelines, individuals who are in a high-risk group or who are sick should stay home. 
  • Students are asked to sit in the front passenger seat of their car. Students are not allowed to drive themselves. 
  • Please come dressed in your cap and gown. 
  • Please arrive on time at your scheduled time. Families must attend the graduation ceremony during their allocated hour. There will be no makeup hour for families who do now show up at their designated time. 
  • Only one vehicle per graduate is allowed. Exceptions may be made. Please review the criteria and complete the Two Vehicles Request Form by Friday, June 5. Completing the request form is not a guarantee you will be allowed more than one vehicle.
  • Students must stay in their vehicles until instructed to get out. Grads will pick up their diploma cover in Tent 2 and walk to Tent 3 for their photo. They must stand on the marks on the ground and maintain 6 feet distance from others at all times. 
  • We ask that students come prepared with a face mask for when they step out of the car. 
  • Families may not get out of the vehicle at any time. Families who wish to take pictures must do so from their vehicles.
  • No cars will be allowed to stop and greet teachers or staff. You are welcome to wave from the car, but you must stay 6 feet away from teachers and staff lining the exit route. 
  • To make sure all families can hear their student’s name announced, please do not bring noisemakers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Please review our frequently asked questions on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions