Hermiston Graduation

A Bulldogs tassel hangs from graduate René Ceniceros’ mortar board at the Hermiston High School commencement ceremony in Kennewick, Wash., in 2019.

Hermiston seniors may not have a traditional graduation ceremony to look forward to, but the school district is providing an opportunity for them to experience the cheers of friends and family while donning a cap and gown.

Hermiston School District announced Wednesday that the district, in partnership with the city of Hermiston, will host an “honor walk” for the Class of 2020 on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

“During this difficult time, it is important to honor the students experiencing this memorable situation, which caused their senior year to be cut short,” the district stated in a news release.

Seniors dressed in their cap and gown can line up on the south side of Hermiston High School and walk a parade route that will go west on Highland Avenue, around West Park Elementary School at Seventh Street, and down Orchard Avenue to return to the high school.

Hermiston Police Department will shut down traffic along that route starting at 7:15 p.m., allowing seniors to walk spaced apart on the road, and members of the public can cheer them on from the sidewalks. Individuals are asked to do so “safely and respectfully” and to follow social distancing guidelines by staying 6 feet apart from people who are not in their household.

The evening will end with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. from the Hermiston Butte, which people can also enjoy from their homes, vehicles, or spaced apart on sidewalks.

The school district will hold a virtual baccalaureate, a nondenominational religious service that schools traditionally hold for graduates, on June 1 at 7 p.m., accessible by tuning in to a livestreamed video on the Hermiston School District YouTube channel.

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