The Del Oro High School Graduating Class refused to let the heat keep them from getting their diplomas. This time they held their graduation ceremony inside a cool gymnasium, after the intense heat forced them to cancel Saturday’s ceremony.
Traditionally, Del Oro holds its graduating ceremonies on the football field — where seven thousand spectators can pack the stands. Family and friends showed up, but people started suffering from weather-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In all, 15 people ended up getting sick, two critically. Medics had to transport five people to a local hospital for treatment.
It got so bad, the fire chief had to step in and cancel the ceremony.
“It got hotter, hotter and hotter and the next thing you know people just started fainting. Then the fire chief got on and said sorry but we need to cancel. I thought it was very brave of him to do that he got some boos at first and then people started cheering. We just got on with it because that what Del Oro has always done. It’s a great high school,” said Maryanne Jones, the grandmother of a Del Oro graduate.
As for the victims taken to the hospital, FOX40 has learned all of them have been released and are doing well.