June 5, 2020
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Despite school closures and challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pflugerville ISD Class of 2020 persevered and overcame obstacles. This week, approximately 1,700 seniors from Connally, Hendrickson, Pflugerville and Weiss high schools, as well as the Pflugerville Academic and Career Education program (PACE), walked the stage at The Pfield to receive their diplomas.
District administrators worked with high school senior class representatives and parents in planning in-person graduation ceremonies at The Pfield to properly honor the graduates' work and to celebrate this milestone in life among friends and family.
The district hosted five commencement ceremonies from June 1-4, including two ceremonies on June 3. Graduates sat on seats six feet apart on the football field, while friends and family sat on partitioned-off stands to ensure safe social distancing. Students also wore customized masks, emblazoned with school colors and logos, during the commencement events.
PfISD Superintendent Dr. Doug Killian told the Class of 2020 in his commencement speech that they are a special class, and to embrace that and appreciate what they have accomplished that sets them apart from previous graduating classes.
"Just remember our greatest struggles tend to develop our greatest strengths," Dr. Killian said. "Just as our worst experiences end up teaching us our best lessons. You should be grateful for your experiences in life – that includes all of them, good or bad. They make us who we are."
The Class of 2020 has students headed to college to study, while others are joining the military. Many are headed to the workforce, with training and certifications earned while in a PfISD school.
"Graduates, our hope for each you is to become stronger, kinder and richer for your experiences and to passionately serve in the best interest of your fellow man," Killian said.
Connally High School's Class of 2020 had 384 candidates for graduation, including valedictorian Logan Liberty and salutatorian Phuc Tran. The 2020 class at CHS combined to receive more than $7.6 million in scholarship and grant money.
The Hendrickson High School Class of 2020 saw 495 candidates for graduation, with valedictorian Jakumar Patel and salutatorian Madison Kusano among the honor students in the class. This year's graduating Hawks amassed more than $11.6 million in scholarships and grants.
Valedictorian Tiffany Tran and salutatorian Afreen Alim were the top two students out of 435 candidates for graduation in the PHS Class of 2020. The Panthers graduating this year tallied more than $13.1 million in scholarships and grants.
Weiss High School celebrated its first graduating class. The school opened its doors in 2017 to more than 900 freshmen and sophomores. The Weiss legacy class of 408 candidates for graduation was led by valedictorian Gabriel Hayek and salutatorian Rashi Yadav. The first graduating class of Wolves earned more than $6.5 million in scholarships and grants.
Twenty-five PACE students receive their diplomas, clad in their cap and gowns of their home campuses. PACE is the school district's high school diploma program for students who wish to continue their education despite having dropped out of high school or facing dropout risk factors.
PfISD has passionately served the best interests of students since 1936 and continuously strives to succeed in that vision. Its mission is to provide an inspiring, engaging and relevant education that empowers students to reach their full potential as productive members of a diverse global community. At PfISD, we believe diversity is our strength and all individuals have worth.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!