Lake Oswego seniors will get a graduation after all
High school graduation for Lake Oswego School District seniors will look a little different, but it's still going to happen. Many feared an all-out cancellation due to stay-at-home orders and the social distancing requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19.
LOSD announced today its official plans to celebrate graduates of the class of 2020 from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools. Graduation plans include distant and in-person commemorative events.
"Commencement plans were made with special consideration for our graduates' wishes," LOSD Superintendent Lora de la Cruz said in a message to parents and seniors. "We heard a keen desire to receive diplomas on the official graduation day to mark the beginning of the next stage in life, and also a strong hope to experience traditions when we can be together."
The official graduation days for Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools are Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, respectively.
On those days, diplomas will be received during a drive-through procession. Students will wear their caps and gowns and be allowed to leave their car one at a time to walk across the stage as their names are announced and they are given their diploma.
Family members can share the moment from inside their cars.
The district said they will also have professional photographers capture the event, and an award ceremony video for each high school will be shared with graduates on the same day as the diploma parade.
This summer, each high school will hold an in-person graduation ceremony at their outdoor stadiums. LOHS' ceremony will be July 16 and Lakeridge's ceremony will follow July 17.
Depending on the number of people allowed to gather at that time of year, each school may have to hold more than one ceremony to accommodate all the graduates.
The district said this celebration will be the traditional procession of graduates with speeches by administration and senior speakers, musical performances by senior artists and the cap toss.
The district also announced the city of Lake Oswego will issue a proclamation the last week in May in honor of LOSD graduates, and Pamplin Media's Lake Oswego Review is creating an extended commemorative issue for each graduating class.
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