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GUHSD is holding a “virtual graduation”; other districts plan graduations at State Farm Stadium.

While some high school graduations are as up in the air as a graduation cap tossed by a senior, other ceremonies have been tentatively scheduled for State Farm Stadium.

On May 1, Peoria Unified School District PUSD announced tentative graduation ceremonies, all at State Farm Stadium in Glendale:

Friday, June 26: Centennial, Sunrise Mountain, Raymond S. Kellis and Ironwood high schools.

Saturday, June 27: Peoria, Liberty and Cactus high schools.

Even that PUSD announcement came with a caveat, noting the ceremonies will take place “if gathering restrictions are lifted or adjusted to allow the event to take place.”

The Peoria Flex Academy is to hold its graduation ceremony Thursday, June 25, at a site to be determined.

According to the PUSD announcement on its website, “The specific format for all ceremonies is still to be determined, and will be dependent upon guidance from state government, health officials and State Farm Stadium. 

“Ceremony times will be determined and communicated to seniors and their families when confirmed.”



Glendale’s largest high school district announced “virtual” graduations.

All the ceremonies scheduled for May are being rescheduled due to stated and federal COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on crowd sizes.

Glendale Union High School District announced May 1 “virtual graduation ceremonies will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 20.

The district’s high schools include Apollo, Cortez, Glendale, Greenway, Independence, Moon Valley, Sunnyslope, Thunderbird and Washington.

According to an announcement at the district’s website, links to view the ceremonies will be shared with students and families this week.

“Each school’s ceremony will follow the format of our traditional graduation, including student speeches, principal remarks and governing board confirmation of the graduates. In addition, there will be individual recognition of each graduate when their name and picture are displayed to highlight this amazing milestone in their academic career,” according to the announcement.

“The start time of each graduation will allow the ceremony to conclude by 8:20 p.m., which is 2020 in military time and another way to pay tribute to this year’s graduating class.”

The announcement noted the district has not ruled out more traditional grad ceremonies.

“We want to honor graduates in person, but being able to proceed with any in-person event or celebration for our graduates is contingent on large gatherings being permitted. When restrictions are lifted we will solicit input from students and families before finalizing plans for future recognition of graduates.”



Deer Valley Unified School District also announced tentative graduation plans to take place at State Farm Stadium.

Boulder Creek High School’s graduation ceremony is scheduled for noon, July 2, followed by the Mountain Ridge High ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

High school graduations scheduled for July 3: Barry Goldwater (9 a.m.), Sandra Day O’Connor (12:30 p.m.) and Deer Valley (4 p.m.).

“We will continue to share information with you as we learn more from State Farm. We anticipate disseminating more information by early next week. Additionally, each high school will be communicating school specific information regarding the senior checkout process. This information should be provided to our seniors and their families by May 10,” according to a DVUSD announcement.