(Illustration by Desteny Casanova)

Illustration by Desteny Casanova

How graduation will look this year

May 14, 2020

One of the largest concerns for students among the many concerns involving the recent epidemic was how graduation is going to be handled. Graduation is considered an important milestone and it is so highly valued among many seniors. It is also a stepping stone into the other milestones you will achieve later in life. Our school recognizes this and has put in a lot of effort to ensure that the ceremony still feels special. Graduation will be different this year and it is necessary to outline the many steps seniors will need to take this year to have a proper graduation.

In order to ensure a proper and safe graduation, this year’s ceremony will follow the guidelines from the Governor and the DOE Graduation Guidelines provided to all schools.

On May 18th, from 11 pm to 2 pm, seniors will have a drive-through pick up of their caps, gowns, yard signs, t-shirts and are asked to drop off their laptop, textbooks, calculator, and library books.

On May 19th, 20th, and 21st, all seniors will have a scheduled time from 11 am-6 pm. They are allowed a maximum of 10 family members and will walk across a decorated Civic Hall stage in their cap and gown while their name is read and they are being videotaped. That way, seniors will still be able to “walk across the stage,” which is a symbolic representation of stepping into a new era of your life.

On May 24th, students who have been recognized in academic excellence will have their picture in the Palladium Item.

On May 25th, a video combining all of the seniors’ graduation ceremonies will be put on the social media of the Academic Excellence Program.

On May 29th, Honors/Awards scholarships will be posted on social media.

On May 31st, a graduation video will be played on WETV at 2:00 pm on the original graduation date and timeline. The video will feature speeches from the Principal, superintendent, and 2 seniors as well as a song dedicated to the Class of 2020 by Randy Ecker. Valedictorian awards, recognition of seniors entering the military, graduates walking across the Civic Hall stage, tassel change by the senior class president, and a pomp/circumstance song will also be featured in this broadcast. Seniors will be able to download a copy of the video.

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