At the onset of COVID-19 and school closures in the spring, AUSD intended to do everything possible to ensure the milestone of high school graduation was special. With that in mind, AUSD held out hope we would be able to host in-person graduation ceremonies during the month of August. However, due to the rise in COVID-19 activity in Contra Costa County and the increased restrictions being imposed, we are disappointed to say we are unable to hold in-person ceremonies this August. AUSD sincerely hopes the ways in which staff celebrated graduates in June made the momentous occasion extraordinary and memorable despite the circumstances. We would also be remiss if we did not acknowledge the parents and families that went above and beyond to personalize the experience for their graduating seniors. We are so very proud of the graduates of 2020, and we wish them all a bright and safe future.