Source: Charlotte Observer

Principal Matt Wight of Apex Friendship High School is finding a new way to honor the graduating seniors this year. Because of the coronavirus and school closures, it’s unlikely the seniors will be able to participate in traditional graduation ceremonies. That’s why Wight is writing the names of every senior on a wall of the school to honor them.

Wight was inspired by a principal in Illinois who did the same; the Illinois principal went viral.

“Whenever anybody asks me about the best part of my job, without hesitation I say it’s handing diplomas to the graduating seniors at commencement,” Wight told students in his YouTube video.  “It’s a tangible personal moment that is unique, and it’s the high point of the school year for me. So I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to hand every one of you your diplomas.”

Wight wrote every name by hand on the wall — 590 in total. “So the Class of 2020, it’s my hope and prayer that I’ll be able to hand you your diploma personally. But until then, this is my tribute. This is my gift to you,” Wight says in the video.

Wake County may still hold graduation ceremonies this summer if they can find a way to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance. 

Read the full story on principal Matt Wight from the Charlotte Observer.