Explorers, start your engines!
Graduation for Christopher Columbus High School’s Class of 2020 will be different from what Explorers and parents expect, but the ceremony at Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 20th at 8:30 am will contain all the pomp and circumstance you’d expect the school to deliver.
There will be no spectators sitting in the stands. Instead, speeches from administration and commencement speakers will address the Class of 2020 via stage in the Gatorade Victory Lane area and also be played at the track and live-streamed for the entire Columbus community to see.
Each graduate and family are allowed to drive one car, and everyone must stay inside their vehicle. Explorers will have their names called over the speakers at the speedway and will be handed their diploma through the window of their vehicles by Principal David Pugh and President Thomas Kruczek.
Graduates then will be allowed to take a victory lap with their families in tow -- at a reasonable speed -- around the 1.5-mile oval racetrack.
As envisioned by administration and HMS officials, the June 20th ceremony is expected to run two hours long.