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Kenny Rogers

Congratulations Class of 2020

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Staunton Graduation
Congratulations to the 200 members of the Staunton (VA) High School Class of 2020. As a proud Staunton High alumnus, class of 1966, it was my honor to offer a video commencement statement for this year’s graduates. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, each senior had to receive his or her diploma individually over a three-day period in mid-June at a nearby stadium. Graduates could have up to five family members or guests accompany them as they received their diplomas. As part of my statement, I got out my guitar, also from Staunton, and played a version of “The Gambler” by the late-Kenny Rogers that I’d reworked to touch on COVID-19 and to thank them for their sacrifices this difficult graduation season.