There was Pomp Based on the Circumstances

Cap and Gown Delivery for SHHS Class of 2020

Spring Fever is contagious. Birds chirping and flowers blooming call us out of the classroom and into the daydreams of outdoors and free time with friends. It infects almost all students, especially Seniors. When March rolls around, the sun shines bright and the start of the downhill coast towards graduation begins. Spring Break marks the beginning of the end of this journey towards the diploma. But, March of 2020 saw an outbreak of more than Spring Fever. The COVID-19 Pandemic has turned the awaited downhill coast into an avalanche of disappointments. Suspensions and even cancellations of many long-awaited Senior privileges due to social distancing and mandatory shelter-in-place ordinances have left Seniors feeling, well, infected. But, on March 26, 2020, thanks to the creative thinking of Principal Rusty Robinett, one tradition for Seniors was kept alive and well.

John Barbee, representing Graduate Sales-Balfour, along with Principal Robinett, teachers and staff greeted the Class of 2020 from 3 pm to 4 pm in a drive-thru distribution of preorders caps and gowns. Since Governor Greg Abbott mandated social distancing guidelines in a decree limiting social gathers to no more than 10 people, 6 feet apart, Principal Robinett had to get his creative juices flowing again to determine which teachers could attend. The first ten to respond to the request via email got the spots.

Caps and Gowns are not the only rites of passage Robinett hopes to preserve. He vowed at the distribution that there will be a graduation commencement ceremony. He did not commit, at this time, what that will look like nor where it will be, but he did say it will happen- one way or another. Vice Principal Melinda Tidwell and  Administrative Assistant Tana Bray added more hope for seniors by selling prom tickets in the drive-thru as well.

Students and faculty alike enjoyed the sunny day and a small bit of promise that soon we may return to “normal.”