Graduation celebrations underway for Westlake High School class of 2020

Westlake High School's 2020 commencement ceremony will go live on the district's website at 7 p.m. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Westlake High School's 2020 commencement ceremony will go live on the district's website at 7 p.m. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Westlake High School's 2020 commencement ceremony will go live on the district's website at 7 p.m. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Westlake High School and Eanes ISD community will celebrate its graduating class of 2020 with a series of socially distant events May 28.

The previously scheduled ceremony set to take place at Austin’s Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center has been postponed until Aug. 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the district has arranged for celebrations to honor its students.

Seniors will participate in a drive-thru event at Westlake High School from 5:30-6:30 p.m., when teachers and staff from all nine EISD campuses will salute them on their last evening as a WHS student.

Following the drive-thru event, families are invited to participate in a virtual commencement ceremony, which will go live at 7 p.m. on EISD’s and WHS’ websites. The ceremony will feature prerecorded speeches and videos.

The graduation ceremony will also include videos of graduates who participated in the walk across the school’s performing arts center stage. Last week students had the opportunity to receive a diploma on the center’s stage alongside their family members. Superintendent Tom Leonard previously confirmed the event abided by social distancing guidelines.



Interested parties can access the ceremony on the district’s website and social media pages.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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