The Parker Unified School District has announced the schedule for Parker High graduation and eighth grade promotions. Superintendent Brad Sale said these events will have restricted attendance this year due to their being held on land held by the Colorado River Indian Tribes and the need to follow Tribal regulations regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
The eighth grade promotions will be held Wednesday, May 26. The promotion ceremony for Le Pera Elementary School will be at 5:30 p.m. in the gym at the school. The school is located south of Poston at 19121 Tahbo Road, off Poston-Ehrenberg Road.
The promotion ceremony for Wallace Junior High will be held at 7 p.m. on May 26 at Joe Bush Stadium, which is located at the end of 18th Street.
With both ceremonies, face masks will be required due to the mandate from the CRIT Tribal Council. Both facilities sit on Tribal land. Attendance will be restricted as each student will receive a number of guest passes.
Parker High School is planning for both a parade and a traditional graduation ceremony on May 27. In 2020, the graduation ceremony had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. A parade will held in its place, with seniors riding in cars through the Town of Parker and residents cheering them on. The reaction to the parade was so positive, Sale said they are going to do it again.
Sale told the Pioneer the district is waiting for approval from the Parker Town Council. If approved, Sale said the parade would begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 and follow the same route as last year’s parade. Line-up will be on the track and roadways in the Parker High athletic complex of 18th Street.
The parade will begin at the entrance to the athletic at 18th Street and Ocotillo Avenue. The parade would procede east on 18th Street to Joshua Avenue. It will turn left onto Joshua Avenue and proceed to Agency Road. The route will turn left on Agency Road and head to Ocotillo. After another left turn, the parade will head back to Ocotillo and 18th Street and disband in the Parker High athletic complex.
A traditional graduation ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. that evening at Joe Bush Stadium. As with the eighth grade promotions, face masks will be required and attendance will be restricted. Each graduating senior will be allotted four guest passes.
For more information, call the district’s schools at 928-669-9244. Go to the district’s website or Facebook page for any announcement of events.