Principal Drives 1,500 Miles to Hand Deliver Diploma to Each Graduating Senior


June 1, 2020
High School, Graduation, Diploma, Principal, Travel

Drew Angerer


Graduation ceremonies all over the country have been either canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning those seniors that worked so hard to achieve their diploma would not able to accept it in person. 

One principal in Texas was not satisfied with a virtual ceremony and went out of his way to personally congratulate each senior.

Scott Rudes, who is in charge of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, traveled 1,500 miles over a 10 day period to congratulate each of his 240 graduating seniors and hand-deliver their diploma in person. 

Rudes explained one of the school's core values is to ignite joy and that is what he saw on his students' faces when he showed up at their homes to celebrate their achievements. 

Videos of Rudes making his rounds quickly went viral on social media as he can be seen jumping on a trampoline with a senior in their cap and gown and even handing one's diploma as she went down a water slide. 

Each senior appreciated Rudes' gesture and how he made their 2020 graduation one they will never forget. #GoodVibes