It’s been a year like no other. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures and this year Mount Dora High School is stepping up with a special celebration for its Class of 2021 that was awarded a combined total of over $2 million in scholarships.
A jumbotron on the school’s football field will capture the in-person commencement ceremony of the 233 graduating seniors. The sky above will light up with a fireworks show immediately following the ceremony at approximately 9 p.m. The festive display was made possible with generous donations by members of the community and spearheaded by Mount Dora Mayor Cathy Hoechst. The best vantage points for members of the community not in attendance will be Highland and 5th Avenue, as well as the Lake Franklin neighborhood.
With additional seating on the school’s track this year, Mount Dora High has expanded audience capacity to approximately 2,000, so each graduate has 10 tickets available for family members and guests. The ceremony will also be live-streamed on Mount Dora High School’s Facebook page. For those who attend in person, masks are encouraged, but not required for fully vaccinated guests.
Some downtown Mount Dora merchants are also getting into the celebration by offering the local Class of 2021 discounts from Monday through Thursday this week. Magic Tea Market (closed Monday), and Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant are offering graduates a 20 percent discount if they show their Mount Dora student I.D.
Mount Dora High School was built in 1921 and next year will celebrate its 100th graduating class.