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YUHSD Announces Online Commencement Schedule For Area High Schools


Yuma Union High School District officials today announced a week of online graduation ceremonies next month for its six area high schools.

Schools have transitioned to online learning since Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Hoffman announced all schools in the state would close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The graduation ceremonies can be seen on the district’s Facebook page as well as the district's YouTube page and district websites.  Each ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., except where noted. The schedule is as follows:

May 18: Vista High School (5 p.m.) and Gila Ridge High School 

May 19: San Luis High School

May 20: Cibola High School

May 21: Kofa High School

May 22: Yuma High School

Each ceremony will include a message from YUHSD Superintendent Gina Thompson and the school's principal, speeches from students and an indivdual recognition of each student in the graduating class.

District officials say the online ceremonies are not meant to replace a traditional graduation ceremony and does not rule out a future date where campuses can hold those ceremonies. With Centers for Disease Control recommendations against large public gatherings ongoing, such ceremonies are postponed.

Arizona Western College announced an online ceremony will be held on May 15 instead of a traditional ceremony at Gila Ridge High School's football stadium.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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