DALLAS – Scott Rudes is the principal at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and he made it his personal mission to hand-deliver diploma covers to all 249 seniors in his school’s graduating class, according to CBS-Dallas.
“I really felt disconnected and I wanted a chance to celebrate with each of my seniors,” said Rudes.
The principal spent 50 hours in his car and drove more than 1,300 miles to pull off the deliveries, CBS-Dallas reported.
The cancelation of many graduation ceremonies hit close to home for Rudes who told NBC-Dallas, “I can say, that as a father of a senior of the class of 2020, I’m living it right along with the parents and the students.”
Rudes dressed in a ceremonial cap and gown to make his diploma cover deliveries and wore a mask, made sure to sanitize and took socially distanced pictures with the graduates.
He addressed the pandemic when speaking with NBC-Dallas saying, “even though we’re going through extraordinary times right now, they are extraordinary people and they’re worth this effort.”