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Maricopa High School held a drive-thru graduation ceremony in May to give seniors their diplomas.

MARICOPA — With COVID-19 cases rising quickly and another wave of cases imminent, the 2020 Graduation Committee for Maricopa High School has made the difficult decision to postpone graduation again.

In a letter from Deana McNamee, the principal at MHS, she wrote that they are still determined to put on an event for 2020 seniors to celebrate their accomplishment, but when it is safe to do so.

The new event is scheduled to proceed on Friday, May 28 — almost exactly a year from the original date in 2020.

“It is the goal of Maricopa High School to celebrate the accomplishments and milestones of the Class of 2020 with their family and friends,” McNamee wrote. “It is the hope of MHS that we are in a safer place as a community to celebrate the Class of 2020 with the grandeur they deserve.”

The school is requesting contact information for 2020 graduates and their families, which will help them share details for the event and ask for feedback on how to make the ceremony special for the seniors who missed out this year.

“When the December date for graduation was chosen, this was based on the hope that there would not be any or very minimum restrictions with hosting a graduation ceremony so that families and friends could be in the stands,” wrote Patti Coutre, former Maricopa Unified School District board member, on Facebook. “If for some reason we were allowed to host a large group gathering, graduates would be limited to two guests in the stands, masks at all times, social distancing, etc..., which is not what our graduates deserve or expect.”

The 2020 graduation will be a separate event from the 2021 graduation. A date for the class of 2021 graduation ceremony has not been publicly announced yet.

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Katie Sawyer covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at ksawyer@pinalcentral.com.