Shafter High seniors graduating on campus and in person
Last updated 5/20/2021 at 5:01am | View PDF
All of the students graduating this year at local schools will be able to walk across the stage watched in
person by their family and friends.
Shafter High Principal Russell Shipley made a You Tube video announcing the good news for the
Earlier in the year, it was announced that Shafter High would be holding a graduation ceremony, but it
would be held at Frontier High School. The Shafter High football stadium is in the middle of a major
renovation and is not available.
With progress that has been made with covid-19 policies, it is possible for the Generals to graduate on
The ceremony will be held on June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
“We knew that if it was possible for us to graduate here at home, that we would do it,” said Shipley.
The news comes about a month after Shafter High School was opened for in-person instruction. The
seniors were sent back first in April, allowing them to complete their high school careers on campus.
It is estimated that about 34% of the students chose to return to in-person instruction, with the majority of
students and their families electing to finish the school year at a distance.
“I would rather finish the year distance learning,” student Alicia Pompa said. “Unless it is necessary
for me to come back in order to play softball, I am staying home.”
Similar sentiments echoed through the Shafter High community.
Richland Junior High is having similar results. The majority of students are choosing to finish the year
Like Shafter High School, the students and their families will be able to celebrate their graduation on
campus. Richland will be holding their graduation ceremony in May 29 at 9 a.m.