Twelve high school students ended their high school journey by riding a jet ski to claim their diplomas.
Somerset Island Prep held the unique graduation last Tuesday, May 26 in Florida, United States, as per the Miami Herald on May 28.
Each student took turns using a jet ski to get their diplomas from principal Tom Rompella, who was on a watercraft anchored to a boat on the sea.
Rompella described the unusual ceremony as the last “challenge” the students had to overcome before they “start their life,” as seen in a post on Facebook by Academica, the school’s affiliate.
Somerset Island Prep in Key West, FL found a unique way to honor the Class of 2020 with a jet ski graduation!Students jet skied in front of Key West’s Southernmost House. The seniors, in graduation caps, gowns and masks, were met by their principal who presented their high school diplomas.Somerset Island Preparatory is Key West’s only public charter high school. Established in 2010, the high school offers students an innovative pathway to earn an AA degree while in high school, for free. Somerset Island Prep was recently ranked on US News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools.#Academica #SomersetAcademy #CharterSchools #ClassOf2020 #Graduation #KeyWest #JetSkis #COVID19
Posted by ACADEMICA on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Rompella and the students also followed precautions against drowning and the coronavirus by wearing life vests and face masks with their caps and gowns.
The idea for the unique graduation came from Nick Wright, a founder of a tutoring center which is partners with the said school.
None of the student’s parents nor the school had to spend for the jet ski since the rental service Fury Water Adventures lent it to them for free, as per report. The company also gave the students a free three-hour training course on the watercraft a day before the graduation. JB