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The in-person ceremony will have two graduates in Buzz Randall Stadium at one time and is expected to last five hours

COURTESY PHOTO: ESTACADA SCHOOL DISTRICT - Estacada High School's class of 2020 will have an in-person graduation ceremony, but many elements will look different because of the COVID-19 crisis.

The ceremony will be a bit different than usual, but members of Estacada High School's class of 2020 will walk across the graduation stage next month.

On Saturday, June 6, the soon-to-be Estacada High graduates will enter Buzz Randall Stadium in pairs and make their way to the stage. The socially distanced ceremony is expected to last around five hours.

"A tremendous amount of work, dedication and love has gone into ensuring that every student crosses the stage," said Maggie Kelly, communications director for the Estacada School District.

As in the traditional commencement ceremony, each student's name will be called and they will receive their diploma. Every student will be allowed six family members or friends to be in the stadium to watch them cross the graduation stage, and all who attend should plan on wearing a face mask.

Once both students have received their diplomas, they will exit the stadium with their family and friends, and the next pair of students will enter.

The commencement ceremony will also be live streamed on the Estacada School District's Facebook page.

Estacada School District leaders hope the event will create positive memories for graduating students while public health guidelines are followed.

"It's very inspiring for the whole community to have a physical symbol of walking across the stage and having families cheering," Kelly said.


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