WGHS Class of 2020 students graduate in semi-traditional ceremony

Students from Walnut Grove High School stand for the singing of the National Anthem at the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony on June 20, 2020. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Walnut Grove High School, the last of the Walton County Public School to celebrate graduation, had a clear day for a near-normal traditional graduation ceremony Saturday morning, June 20 for the 286 students from the Class of 2020.

Some Class of 2020 graduating students from Walnut Grove High School did wear masks in keeping with social distancing protocols as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

As with the ceremonies for Monroe Area High School and Loganville High School graduations, there was the social distancing in the bleachers between families and some masks were worn by family and faculty members as well as some of the students. The usual congratulatory handshake was replaced with elbow bumps between WGHS principal Sean Callahan and the graduating students. The social distancing protocols, although subtle, were evident, including the hand cleaning stations for students to disinfect after receiving their diplomas.

It was, in effect, a graduation ceremony for Callahan himself who officially retired from WCPS at the end of the 2020 school year. Valedictorian Joshua Walker and salutatorian Shehza Anjum gave inspiring speeches to cheers from their fellow classmates before one-by-one, students from the graduating class stepped up to collect the prized certificates.

Then, with the traditional turning of the tassels and tossing of their caps – WGHS graduating Class of 2020 officially ended an unusual 2020 senior year for students from WCPS.

Walnut Grove High School principal Sean Callahan bumped elbows with graduating students at the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony due to social distancing protocols as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo Credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Click or tap on the Youtube video below for a slide show of photos from the WGHS Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony.

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