Features Magazine Volume 70, Issue 8

A Final Month of Celebration for the Class of 2021

By Katelyn To

Graphic By Jennifer Notman

Ever since the pandemic hit and school went online, it’s fair to say that the class of 2021 hasn’t been able to experience the typical senior year that many had anticipated. With limited options for school activities, students have organized events under the current circumstances, such as a senior parade, virtual bingo night, “Senior Movie Knight,” a pumpkin carving contest, and Senior Sunset. However, as the end of the school year approaches and senior graduation nears, the month of May will be full of many more events to enjoy before the senior class parts ways.

On May 3, seniors will be invited to the soccer field at Las Lomas to enjoy a “Senior Picnic” with friends. Students will enjoy provided “pre-packaged food for covid safety,” as well as drinks and games, and they will expect “to be outside sitting six feet apart from others,” Senior Class Vice President Summer Randolph said. 

“Personally, I’m most excited for the drive-in event,” said Student Body President Campbell Zeigler, which will take place on May 15 at the West Wind Solano Drive-In in Concord and will be in replacement of Las Lomas’s traditional Senior Ball. Stacey Schweppe, a parent advisor for the senior class, said, “We have rented out one screen just for Las Lomas. We will be showing a movie, and there will be food and drinks, games and lots of fun.” Randolph also added, “We decided to make [the dress code] “Pj’s to Prom Dresses,” so those who are sad that we don’t get a traditional ball can totally wear a dress or tux.” Tickets and permission slips will be required to attend the event. 

On May 17, seniors will come to campus for a senior breakfast, as well as to pick up a cap and gown for graduation. Food and drinks will be provided, and it will be a time for students to have fun and take photos with friends. 

The Senior Awards will take place on May 20. This event will be streamed virtually, and it will “[honor] the accomplishments of our talented seniors,” as stated in an email sent by Principal Benson. Likewise, Senior Reflections will be streamed online on May 23, and it will consist of a video presentation that looks back on memories of the class of 2021. 

The most significant event of all, graduation, will occur on May 28. While there is no set-in-stone plan as of now, Principal Benson outlined three possibilities for how graduation may play out. A few things that are certain are: it will take place in person and on the football field, everyone will be required to wear masks and social distance at least three to six feet apart among different households, each graduate will not be able to invite more than four guests, those guests must live within 120 miles and all guests will require a ticket to enter. What isn’t certain is the number of students and guests that will be allowed on the field at one time. It is likely that all students will be able to graduate together with four guests per person because Contra Costa County is predicted to enter the orange tier by the time of the event. However, other possibilities entail all students graduating together with two guests per person, or two graduations with half of the senior class in each one and two to four guests per person. 

Lastly, seniors will be able to attend one final event after graduation, taking place on the same day. From 10 PM to 2 AM, students will be invited to the “All Knighter Graduation Celebration.” The exact plans are subject to change, but the current plan is that students will enjoy the event at Dave & Busters in Concord.