This will be the first Seaside High School graduation to start with the turn of an ignition key.
On Tuesday, principal Jeff Roberts announced the protocol for the class of 2020’s ceremony, to be held Monday, June 8.
“I met with both the senior class officers and the senior class on multiple occasions,” Roberts said. “This was their desire, and my commitment to them from the onset was to deliver on what they deemed would make this meaningful.”
Cars will line up at Broadway Middle School at 4 p.m., Roberts said. Graduates, assigned to the front passenger seat, may be accompanied by family members at the wheel and in the back.
For students or families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate due to the lack of access to a vehicle, Lum’s Auto Center will provide cars, Roberts added.
At 5 p.m. the procession will cross U.S. Highway 101 and down Broadway to the Turnaround where school board members will deliver diplomas.
The procession then heads onto Columbia to the Seaside Civic and Convention Center parking lot for valedictorian and salutatorian speeches. Graduates are expected to remain in their cars during the ceremony, Roberts said.
Family members or friends unable to attend can watch a livestream of the graduation. A video will be made available after the event.
In case of rain?
“A contingency plan is currently in the works in the event that inclement weather prevents the use of an outdoor venue,” Roberts said.