Our young adults have faced a lot this year, as 2020 is a year for the history books. They’ve braved a novel global pandemic as well as unrest over long-standing societal issues in our country. The world will remember 2020 for its trials, but for our grads, it also marks the next step of their journey. They may have their traditional school ceremonies disrupted by the pandemic, but they deserve to be recognized for their achievements just as students from any other year would be — which is why we wanted to do something extra this year to recognize our graduates!

On Friday, 6/12, each store had its own customized ceremonial weekend:

  • Our grads were encouraged to wear their caps and gowns (with everyone else welcome to wear their school shirts or colors)
  • Each graduate received a celebratory “diploma” and a voucher for a small cake from our bakery department
  • Each store had their grads’ names read aloud on Village Radio with “Pomp & Circumstance” playing for that traditional graduation feel

The Sumas Family wanted to show their heartfelt appreciation for our students who faced unique challenges this year, so they created a video just for them:

Our Village family couldn’t be more proud of the work that these essential heroes have done for their family, friends, and neighbors throughout the past several months, and they deserved to be honored as they take their next steps into adulthood. We’re happy to do what we can to show these grads how we feel about them!