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Pleasanton plans explosive celebration for Class of 2020

Amid pandemic, PUSD graduates will go out this year with a bang

Pleasanton Unified School District will honor the senior Class of 2020 this week, starting with virtual graduation ceremonies for Foothill, Amador Valley and Village high schools early Friday night, followed later by a fireworks show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Foothill graduates and their families can watch a pre-recorded commencement ceremony at any time starting after 5 p.m. on May 29. A link to the video will be provided on the FHS2020 webpage for this year's seniors, and the ceremony will also be shown on TV30, though principal Sebastian Bull noted that time "may vary due to their programming schedule" for that day.

Amador's online ceremony goes live on Friday at 7 p.m.; a link to a video of the pre-recorded event will be posted at the AVHS2020 website. Viewers can watch the ceremony any time after 7 p.m., or on TV30.

After the virtual ceremonies, a celebratory fireworks display at the fairgrounds honoring the high school graduations and fifth- and eighth-grade promotions will light up the night sky, starting at 9 p.m. The fireworks show will also be broadcast live on Tri-Valley TV.

To comply with ongoing health guidelines, families are encouraged to watch the festivities from home. Organizers said the fireworks display will be about 1,000 feet high -- more than twice as high as the Fourth of July fireworks show -- to increase the vantage point for residents. The fairgrounds, as well as public parks and parking lots, will be closed to viewing access. Residents are also reminded to secure their pets during the show.

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Diplomas will be issued differently to this year's graduates; Foothill is planning an optional drive-thru pickup on campus for seniors to receive their diploma on a staggered schedule after the weekend. Details about the plan were sent to Foothill families last week.

"As you know, this is not a normal graduation situation," Foothill officials said. "That being said, we are going to provide you an opportunity to have your name called, receive your diploma, and pose for a picture on a stage."

Participation in the drive-thru pickup is not required in order to graduate. Those who opt out will have their diploma mailed to their home instead.

Drive-thru participants must adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear face masks, and only one car per household is allowed. A complimentary 5-by-7 photograph will also be delivered to each graduate. Students and families are reminded that the drive-through "is not a gathering", and "no one is to congregate at school" or allowed to use the restrooms or go anywhere else on campus.

Amador officials did not respond before publication, but it is believed that a drive-thru will also be held on site that same week.

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Pleasanton plans explosive celebration for Class of 2020

Amid pandemic, PUSD graduates will go out this year with a bang

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, May 26, 2020, 4:09 pm

Pleasanton Unified School District will honor the senior Class of 2020 this week, starting with virtual graduation ceremonies for Foothill, Amador Valley and Village high schools early Friday night, followed later by a fireworks show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Foothill graduates and their families can watch a pre-recorded commencement ceremony at any time starting after 5 p.m. on May 29. A link to the video will be provided on the FHS2020 webpage for this year's seniors, and the ceremony will also be shown on TV30, though principal Sebastian Bull noted that time "may vary due to their programming schedule" for that day.

Amador's online ceremony goes live on Friday at 7 p.m.; a link to a video of the pre-recorded event will be posted at the AVHS2020 website. Viewers can watch the ceremony any time after 7 p.m., or on TV30.

After the virtual ceremonies, a celebratory fireworks display at the fairgrounds honoring the high school graduations and fifth- and eighth-grade promotions will light up the night sky, starting at 9 p.m. The fireworks show will also be broadcast live on Tri-Valley TV.

To comply with ongoing health guidelines, families are encouraged to watch the festivities from home. Organizers said the fireworks display will be about 1,000 feet high -- more than twice as high as the Fourth of July fireworks show -- to increase the vantage point for residents. The fairgrounds, as well as public parks and parking lots, will be closed to viewing access. Residents are also reminded to secure their pets during the show.

Diplomas will be issued differently to this year's graduates; Foothill is planning an optional drive-thru pickup on campus for seniors to receive their diploma on a staggered schedule after the weekend. Details about the plan were sent to Foothill families last week.

"As you know, this is not a normal graduation situation," Foothill officials said. "That being said, we are going to provide you an opportunity to have your name called, receive your diploma, and pose for a picture on a stage."

Participation in the drive-thru pickup is not required in order to graduate. Those who opt out will have their diploma mailed to their home instead.

Drive-thru participants must adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear face masks, and only one car per household is allowed. A complimentary 5-by-7 photograph will also be delivered to each graduate. Students and families are reminded that the drive-through "is not a gathering", and "no one is to congregate at school" or allowed to use the restrooms or go anywhere else on campus.

Amador officials did not respond before publication, but it is believed that a drive-thru will also be held on site that same week.

Comments

Bill
Birdland
on May 27, 2020 at 9:25 am
Bill, Birdland
on May 27, 2020 at 9:25 am
13 people like this

I am really proud that the City has made this happen. These kids have had a MAJOR life moment taken away, but have adjusted well.

I am hearing that the City is receiving complaints that these fireworks are planned due to animals and PTSD issues. I understand these things, but in this case it would be great to not turn something really positive into yet another division between us.

Before we let that part get out of hand, let us stay positive and support our young people. Lets set an example of how we can pull together.

CONGRATULATIONS GRADS!!!

YOU MATTER! YOU ARE OUR FUTURE! YOU HAVE OUR SUPPORT!


Dana Thibodeau
Downtown
on May 27, 2020 at 10:00 am
Dana Thibodeau , Downtown
on May 27, 2020 at 10:00 am
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Amador Valley has communicated a few times that we have a tentative postponed graduation plan for late summer or fall.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on May 27, 2020 at 11:08 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on May 27, 2020 at 11:08 am
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I hope there is something by August because if colleges open up, many of these young adults will be gone.


Silverfox
Castlewood
on May 27, 2020 at 4:56 pm
Silverfox, Castlewood
on May 27, 2020 at 4:56 pm
7 people like this

@Bill--maybe the people that are complaining know that we are in a drought and with the fireworks going even taller than the usual ones we had a single spark can do some major damage. There have been so many small and mid size fires in the valley this week.


Get the Facts
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2020 at 10:57 pm
Get the Facts, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2020 at 10:57 pm
4 people like this

So the fireworks were nice - thank you Fairgrounds - but they were not higher than normal. I went to a park less than a mile from the fairgrounds, and from the far end of the park the fireworks didn’t even clear the trees. I went home and talked to some disappointed neighbors that saw nothing from their homes. But we were supposed to stay home?
I agree, very much, with shelter in place. All I’m saying is don’t promise something (fireworks twice as high as normal) that clearly did not happen.


Cheap Guy
Amador Estates
on May 30, 2020 at 7:42 am
Cheap Guy, Amador Estates
on May 30, 2020 at 7:42 am
3 people like this

So now our taxesare paying for fireworks (50% city funds) AND something in August?

Couldn’t this have been a teachable moment for kids and delayed gratification?


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 9:04 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 9:04 am
5 people like this

Loved the fireworks! Way to go class of 2020. Congratulations!


Thanks for the Fireworks
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 10:36 am
Thanks for the Fireworks, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 10:36 am
3 people like this

The seniors of Pleasanton and all around the globe have suffered significant emotional and social loss during these last few months. This special display of recognition allowed a small measure of celebration in a socially distant event. It meant a lot to my senior in particular and to our family to be able to have a small measure of a proper celebration for this important life event. So I thank you.


Jo
Parkside
on May 30, 2020 at 11:45 am
Jo, Parkside
on May 30, 2020 at 11:45 am
1 person likes this

Twice as high... don’t like so


Katy Medinas
Pleasanton Valley
on May 30, 2020 at 8:52 pm
Katy Medinas, Pleasanton Valley
on May 30, 2020 at 8:52 pm
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Bill from Birdland,

Nicely stated!

My husband and I are P-town natives. Fairground fireworks are a nostalgic presence, along with the train:) Music to our ears.

Like some out there we have a pet that’s a firework hater, but she’s adapted every year over the last 10. Sadie faced her kriptonite last night and ventured out of the house.....! She joined our family on the sidewalk (a first!!!!!).

She didn’t flinch one bit.

Maybe she and my 2020 grad felt the love:) !!

Thanks PUSD and P-town!!!!

Congrats 2020!! We love you all! Take the bad and turn it good.


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