For Immediate Release
Somerset Island Prep Holds Class of 2020 Commencement on Jet Skis
Key West Charter High School held graduation with seniors collecting their diplomas on jet skis.
Key West, FL, May 27, 2020 – Somerset Island Preparatory (SIP) seniors experienced a new kind
of graduation. Adhering to social distancing regulations as a result of Covid19, the school found a
way to make graduation memorable and fun. “The idea to have a Jet Ski graduation is a perfect
example of the innovative mindset which permeates Somerset Island Prep. I could not be prouder
of the students and staff during these trying times,” said Todd German, Somerset Academy’s
Governing Board Chair and Key West resident.
Tuesday evening, the SIP Class of 2020 jet skied in front of Key West’s Southernmost House. The
seniors, in graduation caps, gowns and masks, collected their diplomas from their Principal who
docked just off the Southernmost mansion. Principal, Tom Rompella is proud of the Class of 2020.
“This final ceremony for our seniors represents the same theme that has played out throughout the
entirety of their time at Island Prep. That no barrier is too large to overcome and that through
creativity and hard work we can overcome any challenge,” Rompella said.
Students were given jet ski lessons prior to their graduation day. Safety is a top priority for
Somerset Island Prep.
Somerset Island Preparatory is Key West’s only charter high school. Established in 2010, the high
school offers students an innovative pathway to earn an AA degree while in high school, for free.
Dual enrollment courses are offered on-campus by Island Prep’s own credentialed instructors.
Somerset Island Prep was recently ranked on US News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools
list. The school is currently enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year.
Somerset Island Prep is located at 1908 Flagler Ave. For more information, visit their website at
Contact: Tom Rompella
Somerset Island Prep