Virtual Graduation Ceremonies Held
Virtual graduation ceremonies are being held for all high schools in the Oklahoma City Public School District, it was said.
The district worked with an audiovisual company to create an original graduation video for each school.
Each school’s video will be available on a dedicated page on the district’s Website and will include a message from Supt. Sean McDaniel, school board members, and each school’s principal and class officers or valedictorian.
These pre-recorded videos will be released on the date and time each school was expected to hold its graduation ceremonies.
Students were still able to receive their caps and gowns, while also receiving a personalized yard sign and printed programs for their graduation ceremonies.
“Graduation is the signature moment in many students’ lives, seemingly the point at which their dreams for adulthood become more real,” Supt. McDaniel said.
“COVID-19 has deprived students of the opportunity to have a traditional graduation with their peers, but it has not completely dimmed the excitement of graduation.”
“While large gatherings of people remain inadvisable and could lead to greater exposure to the virus, district students and their loved ones will still be able to experience the pomp and circumstance, the excitement, the pride and the satisfaction of knowing they have succeeded in completing a test 13 years in the making,” the superintendent stated.
“Students and families are very resilient and no virus is going to keep us from celebrating our class of 2020!” the statement continued.
“Although I’m deeply disappointed that we can’t celebrate together in person and will not be able to shake each student’s hand as they walk across the stage, the district is committed to making graduation special for our more than 1,700 graduating seniors.”
These are graduation Dates:
• Capitol Hill, May 15 at 5 p.m.;
• Classen at Northeast, May 16 at 10 a.m.;
• Douglas, May 16 at 4 p.m.;
• Emerson North, May 15 at 8 p.m.;
• Emerson South May 16 at 10 a.m.;
• John Marshall, May 15 at 5:30 p.m.;
• Northwest Classen, May 16 at 1 p.m.;
• Putnam Heights, May 14 at 6 p.m.;
• Southeast, May 16 at 4 p.m.;
• Star-Spencer, May 16 at 1 p.m.; and
• U. S. Grant, May 15 at 8 p.m.
Videos will be available online at okcps.org/classof2020.