Like most schools throughout the world, TSCS was not able to have an in-person graduation because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t stop the students, families, faculty, and community partners from celebrating during our Senior Soul Roll on June 29, 2020. While the school had already created and televised a virtual graduation and Decision Day to honor the seniors, was their chance to get their diplomas, take photos, and gather one more time while social distancing and remaining safe.
According to TSCS High School Leader Maya Robinson, “This was our final opportunity to celebrate our graduating class of 2020 as a collected community. And while we wanted to adhere to social distancing regulations, we also wanted our graduates and their families to know how much we love, cherish, and appreciate our graduating seniors.
Graduates and their families (in one vehicle each) drove through the parking lot TSCS shares with the Stax Museum and Stax Music Academy and exited their vehicle to receive their diploma by walking onto a makeshift stage and have their photo taken with High School Leader Maya Robinson with their diploma. Graduates also took a photo by themselves in front of the official Senior 2020 Banner and then received their senior t-shirt and other items, including MemPops and gifts from Choose901. That organization’s Teach901 team provided a DJ tent with music playing the entire time.
Faculty, staff, and other Soulsville Foundation employees cheered and waved them on with posters, signs, college swag, pom poms, pendants, and other means, all dressed in Soulsville gear. Students and faculty were advised that there would be no building access unless there was rain, to wear masks, practice social distancing, not to hug or shake hands, and to not attend if they were symptomatic, has a fever, had been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or had traveled internationally or to a domestic hot spot in the past two weeks.