TRUS Graduation 2020: Pomp, circumstance and social distance

TRUS Graduation 2020

Sue Winters, TRUS board president, checked in audience vehicles, passed out programs, waters, and gave directions.

TRUS Class of 2020

No one who attended the Three Rivers School graduation Tuesday, July 7, postponed from its traditional June date, is likely to forget this night least of all the 18 in the class of 2020. After all, this is the year of the pandemic and right up to the day before, it was uncertain if there was even going to be a graduation. Upon final instructions from Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County’s Public Health Officer, the event’s protocol was determined a mere 24 hours prior. The graduates and all speakers would wear masks and be socially distanced. Among the health department’s dictates were that family, friends, and alumni guests would be limited to one vehicle per graduate. TRUS Graduation 2020

The ceremony was held outdoors on the school’s upper field; cars and trucks of well-wishers were parked in a semi-circle 25 yards from the two risers containing the socially distanced graduates. As partial compensation for the non-traditional ceremony, the entire proceedings were captured on video and the audio was broadcast live via 97.9 FM. 

The program itself was polished and executed flawlessly by seven of the graduates and of course, Superintendent, Principal, and eighth grade teacher Sue Sherwood. Because of the unusual circumstances of the pandemic, other presenters who had planned to attend did not so Mrs. Sherwood simply announced all the awards and presentations. Awards and diplomas were spread out on a table and as each name was announced, the graduate came forward and picked up their respective awards and diplomas too. TRUS Graduation 2020

TRUS trustees Jason Hawes, Mark Frick, and Sue Winters, board president, also attended. There were lots of horns honking and cheering with each award but the handing off of the diploma and the traditional handshakes were not allowed in this year’s ceremony.

The complete list of eighth grade awards are included below. Click on the link to see the 18 graduates of the TRUS Class of 2020. TRUS Graduation 2020

TRUS Graduation 2020
The riser that seated nine socially distanced graduates. The 2020 outdoor graduation ceremony will always be remembered as the year of the pandemic.
TRUS Graduation 2020
Family and friends of the 18 graduates were limited to one vehicle each. Horn honking and loud cheering was substituted for clapping and standing ovations for the audience’s part.

4th Quarter Awards

Superintendent’s Award

Allie Carpenter TRUS Graduation 2020
Jai Das
Joey Huntington
Ethan Jeter
Martin Karplus
Jasmeet Sall
Sierra Sherwood

Principal’s Award

Alize Gonzales TRUS Graduation 2020
Hope Harrelson
Autumn Hawes
Jacob Parraz

Excellent Work Ethics

Allie Carpenter
Joey Huntington
Ethan Jeter
Martin Karplus
Jasmeet Sall
Sierra Sherwood

ALL-YEAR AWARDS

Superintendent’s Honor Roll

Allie Carpenter
Joey Huntington
Ethan Jeter
Martin Karplus
Jasmeet Sall
Sierra Sherwood

Outstanding Citizenship Award (1st-3rd Quarter)

Allie Carpenter TRUS Graduation 2020
Alize Gonzales
Sarah Gonzalez
Hope Harrelson
Jasmine Harrelson
Autumn Hawes
Mason Hildebrand
Joey Huntington
Ethan Jeter
Martin Karplus
Jacob Parraz
Jasmeet Sall
Sierra Sherwood

Click here to see the 18 graduates of the TRUS Class of 2020.

3 thoughts on “TRUS Graduation 2020: Pomp, circumstance and social distance

  • July 10, 2020 at 11:32 am
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    This is so sweet. I’m literally in tears reading about how valued our youth is in this small town. Way to make it special and make it happen in the face of Daunting circumstances. Lots of love to this Kind hearted and resilient community and well wishes to the very much loved graduates of TRUS 2020!!!! (The year of vision)

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  • July 10, 2020 at 9:18 pm
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    Congratulations to the students and the TRUS board. Executing this was quite a feat and certainly was enjoyed by all.

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  • July 11, 2020 at 12:16 pm
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    Congrats to students and allllll the adults who made this event happen!

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