Generations have marched down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance,” walked across a stage to receive a diploma, moved their tassels from right to left and tossed their caps into the air while friends and family members cheered from the stands and confetti showered down among the sea of graduates.

This year, history was made. Over 1,200 high school graduates at Rio Rancho Public Schools received their diplomas without the traditional bravado of past graduations. However, there was bravado, just a different kind.

With the help of the Rio Rancho community, who stepped up in a big way, we were able to give our graduates a new kind of celebration. We want to thank everyone who helped make this year’s graduations memorable for the Class of 2020.

Thank you to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull, Rio Rancho Deputy Mayor Bob Tyler, the City of Rio Rancho, the Kiwanis Club, The Kings of Wrap, Digital Cr8 Design, Print Studio and the many local businesses that contributed to the Field of Grads; our Graduation Committee, who planned alternative celebrations; our high school administration and staff who brought those plans to fruition; the Rio Rancho Police Department for supporting our diploma drive-thrus; Edit House Productions for producing the Class of 2020 videos; the Rio Rancho Observer for recognizing our graduates; our parents for showing grace and understanding through disappointment; our graduating seniors who continue to show resilience and tenacity during trying times; and you — the Rio Rancho community.

Thank you for supporting the Class of 2020. Thank you for joining us to honk horns and cheer on our graduates during the May 27 Community Cheer.

Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to provide a quality education for our students, enabling them to reach this milestone. It is only with the community’s assistance during these unprecedented times that we can continue to work towards igniting student potential.

Beth Pendergrass

Chief Communications, Strategy and Engagement Officer

Rio Rancho Public Schools