We’re ready to roll with plans to honor our exceptional high school graduating class of 2020!

Grad Class of 2020The Santa Barbara Unified School District high school graduating class of 2020 has shown remarkable optimism and perseverance adapting to these challenging times, and they deserve to be celebrated! In developing plans for graduation and senior events, our goal is to help our students attain a sense of closure to their high school careers while also keeping everyone safe!

This process has included formulating, and reformulating, our ideas as we vetted our plans through Santa Barbara County Public Health to ensure we are adhering to their Guidelines for Graduation Ceremonies.

Districtwide, we have more than 1,500 high school seniors graduating this June! Our high school teams have worked together with students to develop plans that will create memories they can carry with them as they head into the next chapter of their lives.

Here are a few highlights, with more specifics to be communicated over the coming days:

Dos Pueblos High School will have a drive-in style graduation ceremony from 7-10 pm, Wednesday June 3 on the Dos Pueblos High campus. Per county Public Health guidelines, all participants are required to remain in their cars.

San Marcos High School will have a drive-in style graduation celebration at 5 pm on Wednesday, June 3rd on the San Marcos High campus. Per county Public Health guidelines, all participants are required to remain in their cars.

Santa Barbara High School will honor their seniors with a Senior Salute, which includes a drive through the campus from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday June 1. Santa Barbara High plans to hold a traditional ceremony in Peabody Stadium when all are allowed to gather in person again.

La Cuesta and Alta Vista high schools are planning on several mementos to commemorate this year’s graduation ceremony. A digital montage of all students will be created highlighting each student. Staff will be filming their graduation over the course of several days. The graduation ceremony will be released online on June 2nd at 5 pm.

All graduating seniors across the district will receive a custom sign to display in their window or lawn. These signs will help our entire community recognize the members of the graduating Class of 2020. Each site is also working on a variety of other recognitions, from video montages and online awards ceremonies to recorded graduation speeches, that we look forward to sharing out soon.

Our elementary and junior high schools are also exploring ways to pay tribute to our graduating sixth-graders and eighth-graders to memorialize this important milestone.

Thank you for helping us celebrate our graduating seniors! Stay tuned for more details and ways to participate in honoring the Class of 2020!

Shawn Carey
Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Education