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WR High grads drive away with diplomas
WR drive
Senior Ashley Portillo enjoys the open air of the recent diploma pick-up event.

Weston Ranch High is gearing up for an Aug. 1 graduation ceremony.

What that’ll look like is still anyone's guess.

Like the other Manteca Unified comprehensive high schools, those in Cougar Country have already made all the necessary preparations for that special event for the Class of 2020.

“We’ve videotaped the graduation speeches of our valedictorian (Sabrina Ton) and salutatorian (Brittany Vang),” Principal Troy Fast said on Monday.

He added: “We’ve had the Senior Parade along with the cap and gown pick-up and the diploma pick-up – yet nothing can replace (the traditional) graduation ceremony.”

For some, the recent diploma pick-up ceremony might be their last time at the school.

Fast is aware that not all of the estimated 250 graduating seniors will be available for the summer commencement exercise scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 due to military and college commitments.

Manteca High, East Union, Sierra High and Lathrop High will also be conducting their graduations that same morning.

“We tried to make the (diploma pick-up) as special as possible,” Fast said. “It was a great moment for them to shine while sharing it with their parents.”

He estimated that 85 percent of the graduating class came out for the drive-thru event necessitated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, administrators, teachers and the graduates practiced social distancing by staying six feet apart.

Fast and the other MUSD high school principals will continue to work together in coming up with a uniformed graduation ceremony.

“Everything is still up in the air,” he said.