Class of 2020 Graduation

Class of 2020 Graduation
Posted on 05/22/2020
Graphic with words "Class of 2020 Graduation August 1 2020"To the seniors and families of the class of 2020 - CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you for your patience as we have continued to determine the best course of action for our 2020 graduation. Based on the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) recommendations and guidelines from May 11, 2020, Horizon Honors has postponed graduation until August 1st.

Prioritizing the health and safety of our students and staff remains the highest priority, so depending on the ever-changing circumstances we face I need to be clear that the graduation could occur as one of a variety of formats. I know we will not have a mass gathering of families and friends as we have traditionally seen. No guidelines will loosen to that extent.

A decision will be made in early July as to which model below we will be using for Commencement. The decision will be determined by based on the recommendations & guidelines at that time. No matter the decision, the ceremony will stream live via our Facebook page so all family members and friends can watch. The choices we will decide amongst are listed in order of preference with number 1 being our first choice and then the lesser favorable options below in descending order.

1. Graduates with a limited guest list (4-6 seats), observing some less strict, basic social distancing protocols

2. Graduates with 2 Parent/Guardian Seats, observing stricter social distancing protocols

3. Graduates with 1 Parent/Guardian Seat, observing even stricter social distancing protocols

4. Graduates Only, observing very strict social distancing protocols

5. Virtual Ceremony, only if we cannot maintain the current recommendations for the health and safety for all involved

The in-person ceremony options will be modified to include social distancing for graduates and ceremony participants, but many typical ceremony elements will be included and their names will be read, they will cross the stage, receive their actual diploma, and a professional photographer will take their picture.

We are also hopeful that we can still celebrate with senior brunch and will still have a graduation rehearsal on the 1st. If all continues to improve and guidelines allow for option one the following schedule will be planned:

Saturday, August 1, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Senior Brunch – Optional
Horizon Honors Multipurpose Room

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM Commencement Rehearsal - Mandatory for all seniors
Mountain Park Church Auditorium (across the street)

5:00 PM Graduates Report and Seating Begins
Mountain Park Church Auditorium (across the street)

6:00 PM Commencement Class of 2020
Mountain Park Church
16461 S. 48th St
Phoenix, AZ 85048