ST. LOUIS – “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was replaced by the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” Wednesday night as St. Louis Public Schools held graduation ceremonies at Busch Stadium for high school seniors.
It’s the first time Busch Stadium has ever hosted a graduation. After the district saw seniors miss out on this rite of passage last year due to the COVID pandemic, they wanted to ensure this experience would be safe and memorable.
Seniors at seven local high schools—McKinley, Metro, Northwest, Roosevelt, Soldan, Collegiate, and Vashon—received diplomas during a 6 p.m. ceremony.
“I think it’s cool. It’s great. This is where they should have graduations at,” said Eloise Jones, the grandmother of a graduate.
Each school came up with a set amount of tickets for family and friends to attend. The students received their diploma at home plate and walked to third base to get their picture taken with the Gateway Arch in the background.
Classmates were seated at field level while proud parents watched from above.
“I’m so happy, so proud of her,” said parent Saraette McCulley. “She’s walking across the stage; it’s beautiful.”
Many have plans to hit a grand slam in life as they strive to achieve important goals in the future.
Dr. Chantam Trinh, the principal at Soldan High School, offered advice to all grads.
“Keep going, don’t give up, and have the persistence and dedication and there’s nothing you cannot achieve,” Trinh said.
The remaining six high schools in the SLPS will have their graduation Thursday evening. If it rains, the event will take place Friday morning. Masks will be required for all guests over the age of 9.