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 County Office of Education, Padres Partner for Senior Sendoff

​Many of the ceremonies and celebrations that mark students' journey through adolescence are in the spring, and those rites of passage have been disrupted due to COVID-19.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and San Diego Padres teamed up to celebrate local high school seniors whose graduation ceremonies have gone virtual or been postponed until health conditions allow gatherings to take place. Watch the video

“Our seniors are not only missing out on interacting with friends and teachers, but also the loss of experiences and memories like graduation and prom,” said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools “We are thankful our hometown team came through for our students as they move on to the next stage of their lives.”

The Padres created a special video message congratulating the Class of 2020 on their upcoming graduation. The video, which launched today on SDCOE and Padres social media feeds, features Ty France, a third baseman for the Padres who graduated from San Diego State University.

In the video, France encourages graduating seniors to “have faith in your ability to create new memories and milestones” and reminds them that they “have the power to make the most of this unfortunate situation” before offering his congratulations and letting them know that “we can’t wait to see what you do with this opportunity to truly shine.”

SDCOE and the Padres partner on other projects throughout the year, including recognizing school district teachers of the year with Teacher Appreciation Night. With games being canceled due to the pandemic, this year featured a virtual recognition. The Swinging’ Friar dropped into a Zoom meeting with the reigning San Diego County Teachers of the Year, offering a special thank you from the Padres.