May 9, 2020 — Siuslaw High School announced its plans for the 2020 graduation ceremony, which will be held Friday, June 5. The celebration will begin with a car parade at noon, followed by the commencement ceremony being held at Hans Petersen football field at 6 p.m.
“In order for us to be able to have an in-person ceremony, we must follow strict social distancing guidelines,” Siuslaw School District said in a statement. “Unfortunately, meeting those requirements will require some sacrifice from the community. We are required to stay below 24 people in any gathering. In order to maintain a safe number, three graduates will be scheduled every five minutes.”
The result will be a ceremony that will last approximately two and a half hours, which will allow students and their families to still have time to celebrate.
“Each graduate will be allowed to have no more than four people accompany them into the stadium area,” the district said in its statement. “We will be able to live stream the commencement and will provide the link well ahead of time so other family members and the community can watch remotely.”
The senior class president will read the names of the graduates as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma. Pictures will be offered once the students exit the stage.
The district anticipates approximately 90 students making the walk this year.
“Timing will be critical and everyone will need to be quick and efficient so that every single senior has the same opportunity to walk across the stage and receive a diploma,” the district statement said.
Seniors can pick up their graduation announcements while gathering their personal belongings in the school. The schedule for pick up times is posted on the school website (https://www.siuslaw.k12.or.us/article/241487)
“Caps and gowns have not been delivered yet, we will communicate with seniors when they arrive,” the district said. “We will be working with our seniors to finalize details for June 5. Thank you for all of the love and support you have shown this class.”