Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Student Life

Graduation at the Speedway

Seniors Take Over Homestead Miami Speedway

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.

Graduation FAQs & Event Rules

  1. One car per graduate, personal vehicles only no limousines or other rental vehicles. Max height of vehicle is 7’9”.
  2. No one is permitted to ride in the cargo bed of a pickup truck.
  3. We recommend that you have a full tank of gas.
  4. 8:30 am. Graduates and their immediate family begin lineup for admission to the track. Late arrivals may not be admitted.
  5. Cars without a graduate will not be admitted.
  6. We will have an opportunity for divorced families who need to attend in separate vehicles. Please contact Mrs. Samanez at to coordinate
  7. The car must be driven by a parent or guardian, the graduate wearing his cap and gown, will be in the front passenger seat. All occupants must wear a facial covering.
  8. The cars may be decorated on the windows only, no balloons, streamers, signs, or other decorations will be permitted.
  9. All occupants must remain in the vehicle at all times.
  10. Signage will direct the parents to Gate 3, off 137th Ave.
  11. Please RSVP via the link to confirm you will be attending the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020.
  12. Do not iron the gown, hang it up to let any wrinkles fall out.
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.