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WHS will hold its commencement ceremony with health and safety precautions in mind.

Woodburn School District is still ironing out some details, but Woodburn High School class of 2020 seniors will formally celebrate graduation.

The WHS graduation ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 26, at various times throughout the day.WOODBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Woodburn School District logo

The ceremony will unfold in a format that conforms to universal public health and safety practices implemented to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The Woodburn School District is mapping out several ceremonies for the various academies, all to be held the same day but at different times.

The graduation format will be similar to the hybrid ones held by other area schools. An outdoor stage will be assembled with a drive-up queue, and each student will exit their vehicle once it reaches the head of the line, cross the stage to receive a diploma from the superintendent or a school board member, and have a professional photo taken.

Up to two family members may accompany the students on stage; the driver must remain in the vehicle.

Students and their families will choose a time in advance to arrive, and the district will provide a map and instructions for the process.

The arrangement is designed to provide an authentic graduation experience while adhering to state and federal social-distancing guidelines.

The district aimed for the end of June to afford enough time to adequately coordinate the ceremonies, conducting outreach and surveying students and families to configure the most convenient scenario.

"While we realize this will look different from what we are all used to, it is important to know that we considered what was most important to students and families in our planning," a WSD graduation webpage noted. "Based on survey feedback, students and families most wanted students to walk across the stage in cap and gown, receive their diploma, and have parents present at the ceremony. With those priorities in mind, we have set a date at the end of June to ensure that we have enough time to plan for a ceremony that will give our students and families the most authentic experience possible."

The ceremonies will be livestreamed, and the district will create a video that includes all student and staff speeches, student performances and photos of seniors receiving diplomas.

For information, contact WSD at 503-981-9555 or visit woodburnsd.org.


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