BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The traditional senior year events, unfortunately, have been canceled or delayed following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for social distancing.
However, the coronavirus pandemic did not stop a local couple who have been dating for almost two-years to not have fun at senior prom.
"We were just in the kitchen one day just having dinner and we were talking about it and he's like, I want to do something special for her. And we just came up with the idea and we just rolled with it," Elizabeth Pereyra, the mother of Julian Pereyra, a graduating high school senior said.
A garage converted into senior prom featuring a dance floor with specified 6-feet distance and a dining table complete with specialty pasta.
"Me and my mom thought it would be a great idea," Julian Pereyra, a graduating high school senior at Liberty High School said. "Because we were both pretty upset about it, but I knew she was more upset about it than I am, to be quite honest,"
But the date, a graduating high school senior as well didn't know about the garage-style prom.
"Julian told me to come over and I was like, Oh, that's kind of weird and I came over and everybody was acting super weird and then he told me to go in the bathroom and get dressed and come out to the garage and I had no idea what was going on," Karissa Bowden, a graduating senior from Frontier High School said.
The memories and special moments still were captured, but instead of prom at a venue or school gym inside of Julian Pereyra's home maintaining the recommend 6-feet of social distance.