By Bill Spinks

An event to celebrate Ellis County graduating high school seniors who weren’t able to attend their own commencements because of the COVID-19 pandemic will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at Midlothian’s downtown Log Cabin Park.

Arlene Sutton, of the Midlothian Action Committee, said the event will honor all seniors of the Class of 2020 in the county who were not able to attend recent graduation ceremonies at the end of May and earlier this month.

Sutton said the ceremony was originally scheduled to honor a recent county honor graduate who was unable to attend her commencement because she was exposed to COVID-19 and was forced to quarantine.

"For students like that, you want to acknowledge their hard work," Sutton said.

She said Midlothian Mayor Richard Reno has been scheduled to speak at the downtown ceremony.

The MAC, Sutton said, is a small group of individuals in Midlothian who plan and coordinate Christian-led events with the goal of bringing the community together. Other events previously organized by the group include Praise in the Park and back-to-school events.

Sutton is also active with Mentors Care, a Midlothian-based organization that supports the mental health of students in MISD. Sutton represents the group at Heritage High School.

Mentors Care’s mission is to connect high school students who are at risk of not graduating with mentors, tools, and resources to help lead them toward graduation and purposeful, fulfilling lives.