Community members will have a chance to honor graduating seniors from Hermiston High School during the Honor Walk on Thursday, May 27.
The tradition started last year as a way to allow students’ friends and family to cheer for them while crowds were not allowed to watch graduation because of the pandemic.
It returns for a second year on Thursday. According to a news release from Hermiston School District, seniors will take a class picture in their class T-shirts in the bleachers at Kennison Field at 6:30 p.m. before donning their caps and gowns and leaving the high school campus on foot at 7 p.m.
They will exit Kennison Field, led by the marching band, onto Highland Avenue heading west, then turn north on Seventh Street to Orchard Avenue, where they will loop back around to the north parking lot of the high school. Friends, family and other supporters are invited to stand along the route with signs and cheer.
There will be fireworks at the Hermiston Butte to celebrate afterward, starting at 9:30 p.m.
Graduation itself will take place on Thursday, June 3. All seniors will gather in the Purple Gym at the high school by 5:30 p.m. to hear speeches, which will also be livestreamed on the Hermiston School District website and HSD Communications YouTube channel and available for future viewing.
After the speeches, students will be presented their diploma one at a time in the main commons area. They will be allowed to have six guests of their choosing present.