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Graduates of the Class of 2020
Graduates of the Class of 2020,
Saturday, May 30, is a date that has been set aside for you for some time for your commencement ceremony. It’s a date that you, your parents and family members have no doubt been looking forward to all year, if not your entire life. We are all painfully aware that the ceremony we have all been waiting for cannot happen in its traditional format.
But Saturday, May 30, is still your day. As a way to publicly recognize all of you and your accomplishments, a special graduation broadcast will air that day on local Fox Illinois Channel 55/27. No, it won’t be the same as being together and seeing your classmates one last time, but it will be a way to ensure our traditions are carried out in some way and that our community knows your names and how hard you’ve worked these last four years.
The broadcast will feature all parts of a traditional ceremony including student and administrator speeches. It will also include the graduate roll call, so we need a few things from you in order to individually recognize you. We’re asking for the following items:
Photos: a portrait of you, and a picture of your decorated graduation cap.
Your first and last name as it should appear on screen and be read on the broadcast
Your plans after graduation
Please click this link https://forms.gle/kM4KkmjsKwxieUBHA to fill out a Google form to provide this information as soon as possible, preferably by Friday, May 8. You will be required to sign in with your District student email account. This form cannot be saved as you go along, so please have everything ready to submit prior to starting to fill it out. Details on what time to watch for each school are forthcoming.
Please rest assured that this broadcast is not the only way that we will observe your graduation. We have just received updated guidance from the state for options for in-person graduation observances. We are working on those plans and will be communicating about them soon. Due to social distancing requirements, these arrangements will be more complex, but we’re committed to making sure we find multiple ways to celebrate and honor you all.
This year is not shaping up to be everything we had hoped for you, but the best is yet to come for the Class of 2020. This extraordinary time will undoubtedly shape you, but it will not define you.