Iconic locations in Austin, including the Hormel Foods World Headquarters, the SPAM Museum and other local businesses, will be illuminated red and green in honor of this year’s graduating seniors from two local high schools. The buildings’ illumination is just one of the ways the community of Austin is rallying to support its graduating seniors. Due to the COVID-19 crisis and state social distancing guidelines, this year’s graduation ceremonies and after graduation activities had to be significantly altered. As a result, the company has been working with high school officials, the Project Graduation Committee, made up of graduating senior class parent volunteers and area community members, to provide financial support and creative ways to show appreciation to all graduating seniors from both Austin High School and Pacelli High School.
In addition to its efforts in Austin, the company is also honoring all graduates within the Hormel Foods family during a national #OperationGraduation celebration that will be aired live on the Hormel Foods YouTube on June 10. During this event, the company’s National Merit Special Scholarship Winners will present mini-commencement addresses, along with special entertainment.
Beginning May 29, area graduates will be honored in a number of ways including: