FONTANA, Calif. - Drive-up graduation ceremonies will be held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana and the Ontario International Airport thanks to a new partnership between these venues and the Fontana Unified School District.
The drive-up graduation ceremonies will allow students to celebrate together while observing health safety guidelines.
The ceremonies will feature valedictorian and salutatorian speeches as well as the turning of the tassels. Each graduate will be allowed one car with family joining them to participate in the ceremony, according to school officials. Graduates will be wearing commemorative masks and will be allowed to leave their cars to receive a diploma and take a photo.
Fontana Adult School, Eric Birch High School, and Citrus High School commencement ceremonies will be held on May 28 at the Ontario International Airport.
In June, graduation ceremonies will be taking place along Pit Road inside the 2-mile track at Auto Club Speedway.
Summit and A.B. Miller high schools’ ceremonies will occur on June 2. Kaiser and Fontana high schools will take place on June 3, and Jurupa Hills High School will celebrate its graduates on June 4.
“We have a remarkable group of seniors, and we are committed to commemorating their accomplishments in a safe and exceptional manner,” Fontana Unified Superintendent Randal S. Bassett said. “We are incredibly thankful to the Auto Club Speedway and Ontario International Airport for helping provide one-of-a-kind, memorable graduation venues for our Class of 2020.”
“I’m honored that our facility will host so many outstanding young men and women as they are recognized and celebrated for their academic achievements,” said Dave Allen, Auto Club Speedway president. “These are unprecedented times facing our community and I’m proud that we can utilize Auto Club Speedway’s unique ability to safely and responsibly host several memorable high school graduations.”
“Ontario International Airport is proud to honor Fontana Unified’s Class of 2020. This remarkable group of graduates has experienced what no class before it has, and has done so with grace and poise. They truly are the leaders of tomorrow, and we’re blessed to stand alongside them,” said Mark Thorpe, CEO of the Ontario International Airport Authority.
All events are being held as close as possible to the schools' original graduation dates.