June 13, 2020 — The Siuslaw High School Class of 2020 graduated on Friday, June 5, 2020. When a student graduates, the ceremony is the final event of their time on campus.
Too often, the commencement service is viewed as an ending — but it notes a new beginning. Members of the class are moving forward onto the next phase of their lives.
Some students will go forward to a college or university, others will prepare at a career training institute, many chose military service, some are off to work in the community now, and some are still searching for their path in the world.
Each September, graduation seems a million miles away, and June always arrives faster than anyone expects. This year, the Class of 2020 had a global pandemic alter its course to graduation.
There were other traditional milestones and rites of passage that were lost or altered in the course of their senior year, but they persevered to keep their eyes on the grand prize of graduation.
And this group of students has adapted and overcome all the associated obstacles of the last few months to end this phase of life and move on to the next with courage and dignity.
This year’s graduation ceremony was made special by the efforts of many in the community as everyone wanted to make this year especially memorable in the wake of the pandemic.
It is hard to list each and everybody that chipped in to assist in making the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony special — Mike Harklerode for organizing the parade of graduates; members of the Rhody Cruisers for volunteering to transport seniors in the parade; the City of Florence for approving the parade route and giving the community an extra chance to share in the celebration; Florence Police Department and Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue; KCST for broadcasting the ceremony; Bob Sneddon and Steve Moser for calling the ceremony on the radio; Chris Rowbotham for live casting the graduation and compiling the ceremony video; Siuslaw HS Student Leadership Class & advisor Anna Moser; Laurel Bay Gardens by providing ornamental plants to dress up the occasion; and all of the Class of 2020 parents that came to decorate stadium and turn the Hans Petersen Memorial Field into a special place to graduate.
The Class of 2020 is moving onward and upward, and they would not be doing so without the assistance of the community over the years.
All assistance provided, no matter how big or small, has been appreciated by the students and the school district.