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Mira Costa Drive-Through Graduation Scheduled for June 11

Jun 09, 2020 10:00AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Mira Costa High School will hold a drive-through graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 11, Mira Costa Principal Ben Dale has announced.

The ceremony will honor students one at a time on the east end of Cooper Field, using the school's traditional commencement decorations. Students will drive up in a car with family members, leave the car at the designated time, receive a custom 2020 face mask, and head over to the graduation site. 

There will be a videographer present to document the green carpet walk, and each graduate will have their photo taken, holding their diploma, with Cooper Field and Fisher Gym as a backdrop. (The school will blast Pomp and Circumstance to create the proper mood.)

No spectators will be allowed at the event. The speeches will be released on the Mira Costa web site and YouTube channel at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Dale noted that the school had twice applied with the County of Los Angeles for a safe, in-person graduation that followed current guidelines, but both requests had been denied.

"We feel satisfied as a school community that we made every effort to advocate for a graduation ceremony that met the wishes of the graduates," Dale wrote in an email to parents. "Now, it is time to move on to a celebration that is within current guidelines as set forth by the county of Los Angeles."

Mira Costa is one of the last local schools to plan its graduations. The school and the district had been holding out until the last possible moment in hopes of some sort of in-person ceremony.

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