2020 High School Graduation

  •  A message to the graduating class of 2020 from the City of Peoria:



    Dear Graduates and Families:


    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of our graduation ceremonies that were rescheduled to take place June 25, 26 and 27.  Given the increase in COVID-19 cases, we have determined it is not in the best interest of our students, staff, parents and community to proceed with these events.


    As we shared in our recent survey communication, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has released guidance recommending that mass events, specifically graduations, do not take place at this time. We received this guidance at the beginning of June but were hopeful that our state would begin to see a decline in cases. As recently as this morning, we reached out to the county again to see if the guidance had changed and unfortunately, it has not.

    Safety has always been our first priority and we do not feel we can in good conscience proceed with an event that may jeopardize the health and well-being of our graduates, families and staff.  We are devastated that we will not be able to celebrate our graduates for their achievements in the way we had originally planned and in the way that they deserve. We will remember the Class of 2020 fondly, and we know that they will continue to impact the world with a legacy beyond our current pandemic.



    David Sandoval                                                 Linda Palles Thompson                                  Dr. Jason Reynolds         

    President, Governing Board                        Superintendent                                                Deputy Superintendent


    Kristi Hammer                                                   Scott Hollabaugh                                              Russ Dunham

    Principal, Cactus High                                     Principal, Centennial High                             Principal, Ironwood High


    Tawn Argeris                                                      Cybill Jacob                                                         Paul Bower

    Principal, Liberty High                                     Principal, Peoria Flex Academy                   Principal, Peoria High     


    Jeff Wooten                                                       Vance Setka

    Principal, Raymond S. Kellis High               Principal, Sunrise Mountain High














    While traditional graduations at State Farm Stadium were cancelled, our high schools did everything they could to make on-campus ceremonies a unique experience that students could remember for a lifetime. We are pleased to be able to share photos and videos from those events


    2020 Graduation Photo of smiling grad in backseat of vehicle