Seniors at Palm Desert and La Quinta High School picked up their graduation packets ahead of their virtual graduation ceremonies next week.
"You know our heart goes out to the class of 2020 because we know it's been specifically hard on them the last two months," said Dennis Zink, Palm Desert High School's Principal.
Students say despite the circumstances, they are happy the schools were able to set up a virtual ceremony.
"I'm so excited. This something we all waited for a really long time for. You know, it's sad we can't get it the way it is but I'm really happy our schools able to set something up for us at the least with what they could do you know and we'll definitely have pictures and memories for it at the least," said Isabella Agras, a senior at PDHS.
"It's been pretty hard with all the quarantine stuff its good to come out see our friends and bond like we used to do inside the classroom and on campus," said Michael Manzo, a senior at PDHS.
La Quinta High School students shared those sentiments.
"I really appreciate that their making such an effort to, you know, like kind of do what they can in order for us to kind of have our graduation," said Sydney Villavicencio, a senior at LQHS.
"I love all you guys. You all taught me everything and watch i'm going to get this better for you guys and my family," said Jorge Linares, a senior at LQHS.
Staff at the schools were out cheering their students as they drove in to pick up their packets.
"We want to say thank you tonight and at least give them a small token of graduation and try to keep as much normalcy as we can," Principal Zink said.
News Channel 3 is teaming up with our local high schools to honor the seniors who won't have a traditional ceremony this year.
Join us for our graduation special "Salute to the Class of 2020" airing on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. on News Channel 3, CBS Local 2, and streaming on KESQ.com/Livestream-Events.
Celebrate our seniors' accomplishments and congratulate the graduates on the culmination of their high school careers. You'll see student perspectives and inspiring messages for the future.