RICHMOND, Va. (June 12, 2020) – Richmond Raceway (Richmond) hosted 10 Henrico County Public Schools’ (HCPS) high schools to recognize the Class of 2020 with an unforgettable Graduation Victory Lap. Richmond welcomed more than 3,200 high school graduates, along with their families and friends, to celebrate over three days at America’s Premier Short Track.
The Graduation Victory Lap gave seniors and their families a chance to “process” safely as a group and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Class of 2020 experience. Seniors arrived in decorated vehicles and were led by the official Richmond Toyota Camry pace car onto the iconic ¾-mile D-shaped oval to parade around the track. Graduates could listen to “Pomp and Circumstance” on HCPS’ student radio station while cruising toward Richmond’s start/finish line. Graduates’ names were announced in front of school faculty standing across the front stretch as principals waved a checkered flag for each graduate crossing the finish line.
“It has been an unforgettable week hosting the Graduation Victory Lap for 10 Henrico County high schools at Richmond Raceway,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “High school graduation is a seminal moment in the lives of graduates and their families, so it was our honor to play a part in recognizing the Class of 2020. While graduation may have been different than expected, we hope we provided a memorable experience as they crossed our historic finish line to the next phase of their lives.”
Henrico County Public Schools participating in a Graduation Victory Lap included Deep Run High School, Mills E. Godwin High School, Douglas S. Freeman High School, Glen Allen High School, Hermitage High School, J.R. Tucker High School, Highland Springs High School, Varina High School, Henrico High School, and The Academy at Virginia Randolph.
Photos/Video B-Roll: Highlights of Graduation Victory Lap with Deep Run High School, Mills E. Godwin High School, and Douglas S. Freeman High School on June 10. Photos can be downloaded here. B-roll is available for download here.
The Graduation Victory Lap at Richmond was part of HCPS’s Graduation Celebration 2020, which was developed following June commencement ceremonies being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HCPS also hosted virtual Graduation Ceremony Watch Parties for each high school as part of Graduation Celebration 2020.
To learn more about HCPS’ Graduation Celebration 2020, visit henricoschools.us/graduations.
Richmond Raceway 2020 Season
The road to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship will once again lead through Richmond on Sept. 11-12. The Action Track will be the second race in the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the ninth annual Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 12. Richmond will also host the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season Championship race on Friday, Sept. 11. This will be the 29th consecutive year the fall race weekend is “under the lights” at Richmond.
NASCAR tickets are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.
About Richmond Raceway
Richmond Raceway is America’s Premier Short Track annually hosting two NASCAR race weekends, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series and either NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on the iconic ¾-mile D-shaped oval. Richmond Raceway is a regional leader for events including sports, live music and consumer trade shows. The Richmond Raceway Complex’s 1,100 plus acre multipurpose facility hosts more than 200 live events over 280 event days annually including concerts with top national recording artists at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the region’s only covered amphitheater. For more information, visit richmondraceway.com, richmondracewaycomplex.com, or vaculive.com.