Parkland Press

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Online graduation is planned

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Although Parkland‘s Class of 2020 graduation ceremony originally scheduled for June 9 at the PPL Center cannot take place due to COVID-19 restrictions, district officials are planning an online ceremony on the same date at 7 p.m.

Seniors may audition to be class speakers.

During the virtual graduation, student photos will be displayed as their names are read by the high school principal.

The Parkland television studio is producing the online celebration.

The district has reserved Aug. 4 as a backup date for a traditional live graduation.

Director of Community Relations Nicole McGalla reports a survey is underway to see if people are interested in having the live event at that time, if COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Parents definitely want to come back, although many students are going their own way by then, McGalla said.

Throughout the district, signs will be appearing on the lawns of Parkland seniors.

Sponsored by the Parkland Education Foundation and the high school activities budget, the signs will include the student’s first name, a Trojan likeness, and the words “2020 Graduate.”

The project includes 800 yard signs, one for each student in the graduating class.

On May 14, the district will broadcast recognition of students who will go on to athletic participation in college.

May 18 will be academic awards and scholarship recognition; May 27, athletic awards; and May 28, visual and performing arts awards.

All events will be shown at 7 p.m. online or on Parkland TV through cable providers.

On virtual graduation day, June 9, the award ceremonies will be replayed.

The district has selected backup dates for the prom and for a send-off party daytime celebration in July, all pending due to COVID-19.