Columbus Seniors Graduate on the Homestead-Miami Speedway
Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL, held its graduation ceremony at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The graduating seniors picked up their diplomas as they crossed the finish line before the entire Class of 2020 joined together for a victory lap. “We offered our students, our young men, a virtual mass and a virtual celebration, but we promised them that we would come through with something like this,” said David Pugh, Principal of CCHS.
All of the graduating seniors had the opportunity to step out of their cars and throw their caps into the air. Organizers picked the racetrack as the venue for the graduation because it gave students and their families the chance to come together to celebrate in person, while still adhering to social distancing and face mask guidelines still in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event featured speeches from the class valedictorian and salutatorian, and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who graduated from the all-boys private Catholic school, was seen briefly at the race track but left before the ceremony began. As an added bonus, a small plane flew over the race track with a banner reading “Congrats Explorers!”