2020 graduation at Bethel area high schools may affect traffic in some areas. Although schools have gone to great lengths to direct traffic into parking lots, it still may be best to avoid the areas if you are not participating in the graduation.
Graduation at Challenger High is Monday June 15, 2020. The graduation is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the line will form on A Street, coming in the back gate and exiting on B Street.
Tuesday, June 16 will be graduations for Bethel, Spanaway Lake and Graham Kapowsin High Schools. All ceremonies are between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The schools are also having photographers posted at each location to take photos of all graduates. Videos will also be made available online after the events. There are also videos being made of the awards ceremonies.
Arrivals at each high school are timed based on last names. Each school has posted a chart of the arrival information and a couple have posted maps for traffic patterns.
Monday, June 15, 2020, Challenger High School, 18020 B Street E, Spanaway, WA 98387.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Bethel High School, 22215 38th Avenue E., Spanaway WA 98387..
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Graham Kapowsin High School, 22100 108th Avenue E., Graham, WA 98338.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Spanaway Lake High School, 1305 168th Street E., Spanaway, WA 98387.
All graduation ceremonies are following guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the district web site, “This will culminate with each graduate walking across an outdoor stage to pick up their diploma. While remaining in their car, families will be able to capture their senior walking across the stage. Please consider decorating your car. Additionally, a professional photographer will take a photo of each graduate in a traditional diploma picture; the district will provide one digital image of each student receiving their diploma. Families may purchase additional professional photos, if they wish. ”
Key Event Details (from the school district pages)
• Only students and their immediate family members who are staying at
home together, and who are not sick, may arrive in the same vehicle.
• No more than 10 people may be in a single vehicle.
• All persons attending the ceremony must drive up in an enclosed
vehicle and remain in that same vehicle during the entire ceremony.
• Only the graduate may get out of their vehicle to cross the stage and
have their picture taken.
• Each student and their family should arrive at the High School during
the assigned window of time (see the time assignments on the following
• Students must maintain at least a 6 feet distance from others.
• Students must wear a face mask while outside their vehicle.
The face mask may be removed for the picture.
Congratulations to our unique graduating classes of 2020!