WRIGHTWOOD (CBSLA) – With many high schools and colleges throughout Southern California holding their graduation ceremonies online this year, the Snowline Joint Unified School District in Bernardino County decided to hold theirs – on a mountain.Crews Working To Contain Casitas Fire Burning Near Ojai
On Wednesday, 527 graduating seniors from Serrano High School, Chaparral, Snowline Academy, and Eagle Summit Community Day School were invited to attend a graduation ceremony at Mountain High Resort, where they rode a chair lift to receive their diplomas.
Robert Chacon, Assistant Superintendent of Business for Snowline Joint Unified School District, said the idea came to him from a school on the East Coast.
“The response has been awesome,” Chacon said. “Most families wanted an in-person experience, not just a virtual ceremony or a drive-up event. Given the state of things, this is a great way to celebrate their achievements while still practicing social distancing.”READ MORE: LA County Business Owners Anticipate COVID Restrictions Lifting Tuesday
Safety measures were in place, including a distance of five chairs between each student, a limited amount of guests per graduate, and required face mask in the lift lines.
After the 4-minute chair lift ride to the top, graduates and their guests were greeted by the principle, given their diploma and posed for a photo.
Karl Kapuscinski, President and CEO of Mountain High, “This is an amazing event and we are so glad we were able to make it happen.”MORE NEWS: Luxury Vacations Are State's Latest COVID Vaccine Incentives
The District is also producing a ‘virtual graduation’ with photos and video clips, speeches from the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, principle, and Superintendent.