In a June 11 letter to parents as well as information on its website, Tolleson Union High School District announced it will cancel graduations for Copper Canyon, La Joya, Sierra Linda, Tolleson, University, West Point and Westview high schools.
After the coronavirus pandemic, graduation originally planned for May was rescheduled.
“It was our sincere intent to hold graduation at State Farm Stadium for our graduates and their families. We were hopeful that COVID-19 cases would decline and we could safely hold an in-person graduation ceremony. The tentative graduation ceremonies originally scheduled on June 29 at State Farm Stadium unfortunately will need to be canceled due to an abundance of caution for the safety and security of our students and their families,” said the letter from Nora Gutierrez, the TUHSD superintendent.
The letter noted the plan for June 29 was “tentative and subject to change due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation.
“We came to this decision after thoughtful consideration and concern for the health and safety of our graduates, their families, and our staff. With current COVID-19 cases and deaths spiking in Arizona and too many unknown factors, it became apparent that we would not be able to safely proceed with the graduation ceremonies at State Farm Stadium. Also, the restrictions and guidelines from State Farm Stadium would not allow for a normal graduation ceremony experience that our students and their families deserve,” Gutierrez said.
“Schools are planning individual celebrations. They will reach out to parents directly with details,” said Joseph Ortiz, a district spokesman.