Date: May 20, 2020
Crow Applegate Lorane Community,
The following is meant to give guidance to our upcoming graduation ceremony on June 5th at 7pm, gates open at 6pm. This graduation ceremony is not required by any seniors or their families. We want to put people’s safety and health at the top of our priorities. We will be adhering to all social distancing guidelines, and ask attendees to do the same.
To start, in following guidelines, this year’s graduation will be held at our football field. Graduates will be seated in chairs on the field, six feet apart, facing our stands. All seniors and speakers will be required to wear masks. People attending the ceremony will remain in their cars the entirety of the ceremony, parked around the track. Upon arrival at the field, a staff member will be directing cars and handing out programs and we apologize that no preferential parking will be able to be given to families as parking will be based on arrival order. Families safely carpooling is encouraged to limit the amount of vehicles present.
Graduation starts at 7pm and we encourage people to arrive earlier to make sure the extra requirements to parking will be wrapping up prior to the event starting. On the track we ask vehicles to maintain a slow and safe speed during the entire ceremony process.
During the ceremony, we will be using the stadiums speakers, but will also have the speakers being broadcasted over the radio. This is a short distance broadcast and most likely will not be able to be obtained much farther from the school’s grounds. In addition, we plan on broadcasting the ceremony via live stream over Facebook or YouTube. We hope the live stream will help people who want to remain home to still be capable of being a part of the ceremony. In addition, the school will be taking pictures of the entire ceremony and each graduate to be shared with all of the families.
The ceremony itself will hopefully feel very normal. Graduates enter, take their seats in front of the stands. A special presentation of the Star Spangled Banner will be given by Mr. Dixon on his trombone. We will then have the speeches given. When it is time, graduates will be walking up to the stands, one at a time, and receive their diploma. At this time, board member Jeff Ramp will be sharing a story of the graduate and listing any/all awards and scholarships given to the student. After diplomas are given, the graduates will be able to toss their caps on the football field; all while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
To end, and possibly the hardest part to follow guidelines, is that graduates will be asked to get in their vehicles immediately after the ceremony is finished. We plan on having the graduates taking a lap with their families, and then will leave the school grounds immediately afterwards. Once the graduates have left the track, staff will direct attendees to exit the school’s grounds. We ask that all follow social distancing guidelines by not getting out of their vehicle for pictures and leave school grounds immediately after the ceremony.
As we near the date, I would like to state that these details are subject to change, and any changes will be communicated. If you have any questions on this process, please contact me at my email below.