With college and high school graduation ceremonies across the country cancelled this spring, several former Reed football teammates found a way to improvise.
They held their own, informal ceremony on a driveway in Sparks.
Four years after they graduated from high school, several players on the 2015 Reed football team finished their undergraduate college education.
The players on the Reed 2014 and 2015 Reed Regional champion football teams have remained good friends since high school. The 2015 team won the Raiders fifth straight championship. Reed won again in 2017.
Five of those players went to UNR and one to Washington State, who returned to Sparks for the celebration.
Left to right – Ian Neeley, Troy Gingerich, Samuel Chalupa, Bryce “Bubba” Bryant and Julius Meszaros. (Photo: Provided to the RGJ)
They are Julius Meszaros, Samuel Chalupa, Malcolm Malizia (who now works in the Washington D,C, area), Bryce “Bubba” Bryant, Ian Neeley and Troy Gingerich.
Neeley, Chalupa and Bryant earned Bachelors of Science in civil engineering from Nevada; Meszaros earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Nevada; Gingerich earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and military science from Washington State. He was also commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in a special ceremony on Friday.
Their former Reed teammates Parker Houston and Matt Denn also attended the informal ceremony, which was conducted by Troy Gingerich’s grandfather, Dr. Terry Gingerich. The commencement speech was given by Ian’s grandmother, Carole Gribble, who read Kurt Vonnegut’s 1997 ‘Sunscreen’ MIT commencement speech.
Schools across the country have cancelled in-person graduation ceremonies this spring, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com right here.