Daytona Beach, FL - Flagler County high school seniors will cross their own personal finish line when they get their diplomas handed to them after riding across the iconic black-and-white checkered start/finish line inside Daytona International Speedway on May 31st.
Thanks to the generosity of the France family, Daytona International Speedway, and NASCAR, the “World Center of Racing” will play host to both Flagler County high schools. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. while Flagler-Palm Coast High School’s ceremony starts at 4:00 p.m.
Superintendent James Tager says, “We had a committee made up of students, school administrators, district staff, and a member of the School Board. All of the members on this committee were determined to find a way for our graduates to have their ceremony as close to the original May 28th date as possible. Without the wonderful team at Daytona International Speedway, we probably would not have been able to do that.”
Chip Wile, President of Daytona International Speedway adds, “The France family has been committed to supporting our local schools in any way they can. We are unique in that we can comfortably accommodate these schools and provide an unforgettable experience for these graduates. We are honored to host these graduates and their families for this special occasion.”
Representatives from the two high schools as well as the District are meeting with track officials to work out the logistics of the ceremonies. Here's what's known at this time: each ceremony will be simulcast via radio inside the facility and live-streamed on the FlaglerSchools.com website and there is only one vehicle permitted for each graduate and their family. All in attendance will stay in their vehicles. While this type of ceremony allows these students to come together one last time, we still must adhere to the CDC guidelines.
Additional details and procedures will be released to our seniors and their families in the coming weeks.