Graduation 2020 Proposed Commencement

Graduation 2020 Proposed Commencement

Dear Senior and Family,

I have heard your requests for changes to the manner in which diplomas are presented to the graduates.  To that end, I made some phone calls and spoke to a person from the governor’s office and we have been able to adjust the manner we will have students receive their diplomas.  We will be able to comply with the governor’s orders for the yellow phase and also be able to make the presentation a bit more personal.  I do, however, need everyone’s cooperation and help so that we can do this, make it a special occasion for the students and their families, and also stay within the bounds of the law.  Please review the attached documents and note the highlighted changes.  Two things are very important and that is that all people understand that we cannot have spectators standing in the area in front of the school (it will be clearly marked) and that we comply with the all of the guidelines outlined in the attachment. 

I want every graduate and their family to understand that this is certainly not an ideal way to commemorate this tremendous accomplishment.  Our traditional commencement ceremony is what all of us want but is not permissible (even with limiting the number of guests/graduate) under current guidelines.  In the end, what we have tried to design here is a way for each graduate to walk up to receive their diploma while family members watch (please note that number of people in the vehicle that the graduate rides is totally up to each family) and on a personal note a way that gives me and my administrative team a time to say goodbye and congratulations.  We have begun the process of planning for decorating the processional route and the staging area where the diplomas will be handed out, so this will be the last change that I will be able to make.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these very difficult times.  What we all want to say is Congratulations Class of 2020 on a job very well done.

Please note that we will still be airing the virtual ceremony on June 1 at 6:00 p.m. and each graduate will be receiving a copy of the DVD of the ceremony (as outlined in my first email).  If you have not completed the senior survey that was sent to you via google classroom through your English classes, please do so by May 30.  You will need to use your school email to do so.  This is very important as I will use that information in the virtual ceremony.  In addition, if you are going to the Military, I need you to email me your name and the branch of the service you will be going into so that I can announcement that in the virtual ceremony as well.  I need you to email me this information no later than May 26, 2020.


Mark A. Crosson


Mifflin County High School

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