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Madras graduation will be drive-through; Culver's will be in gym, but individually.

TERESA JACKSON/MADRAS PIONEER - Banners honoring the 200 Madras and Bridges high school graduates hang throughout downtown Madras. The project was a joint effort of the Jefferson County 509-J School Distirct, the two schools, Rip Q Signs and Graphics and the city of Madras.The 200 seniors in Madras High School and Bridges High School's graduating classes will take the stage in a nontraditional fashion starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 13.

The graduates will be broken into eight groups in alphabetical order. Each group will be assigned to arrive. The ceremony will be done in a drive-up fashion, and, for now, each graduate will be allowed one vehicle of supporters to attend. The district is looking for ways to allow more extended family to view the ceremony, which will start at Madras Elementary School and finish behind the MHS stadium in front of the White Buffalo.

Decorating the vehicles is welcomed, according to a press release from MHS.

"This was the safest way to enable seniors to walk across the stage while also having their loved ones witness this special event with them," said MHS Principal Brian Crook.

Graduates will receive their diplomas on stage. A videographer will be filming, and a photographer will shoot photos, including one for each graduate at the MHS White Buffalo.

All of the commencement speeches and performances will be prerecorded.

Speakers include Crook, MHS Vice Principal Mark Stewart, Bridges Principal Jay Weeks, MHS staff speaker Melissa Wheeler, valedictorian Kelsey Olivera, and salutatorians Kelly Huang and Emily Plant.

As a result of COVID-19 and current social distancing requirements, the graduation ceremony will not be open to the general public. After the event, the district will make the whole ceremony available electronically for the community.

Other details will be announced as they are worked out.

Culver graduation

Culver High School's graduation is scheduled for Saturday, May 30. Each student will be given five minutes, starting at noon. The ceremony will be in the gym, and each student is allowed up to 17 guests. A professional photographer will be on hand, and each student will receive a picture.


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