Listen to the iHeartMedia interview with Kelly and her dad, Ted Gaines.
Like many high schools across the country, El Dorado Adventist School (K-12) located in Placerville, was grappling with how to properly recognize their graduating high school seniors given the COVID-19 pandemic.
That's when Eli and Karenda Caron, Youth Pastors at VantagePoint Church in Placerville, came up with a special, heart-warming idea. They decided to take the graduation ceremony on the road.
They surprised each senior with a mobile, social distanced commencement ceremony complete with a graduation cap and gown, music, speakers, and a diploma delivered by a fishing pole.
This video features the ceremony for Kelly Gaines, daughter of Ted Gaines, former State Senator and current Member of the California State Board of Equalization. They reside in El Dorado Hills.