Posted Date: 05/13/2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we finalize plans to celebrate our seniors, I wanted to provide you with an update on graduation. This has been a challenging environment to say the least. While we had maintained hope that we would be able to have a traditional graduation ceremony, that is no longer going to be possible. Due to increased venue costs associated with the pandemic and the known and unknown health risks of Covid-19, Union will be hosting a Virtual Graduation Ceremony on June 15. See this letter in Spanish
I know this will be a major disappointment for our seniors and families. However, we do not think hosting a large event – even in July – is the responsible thing to do. There is also a very good chance that we would not have been able to host a traditional graduation, as public health officials continue to be cautious about large group gatherings.
As a result, we will now shift our focus, resources and time to planning for a Virtual Graduation on June 15 beginning at 7:30 p.m. It will have many of the same elements as the “in-person” graduation, including speeches from our valedictorian and salutatorian, as well as other Union traditions. I promise we will do our best to honor the Class of 2020.
In addition to this event, we are working with our photographer to allow seniors and their families to have their picture taken with their diplomas at designated locations at Union High School. These will be scheduled over the next couple of weeks and in a manner that ensures physical distancing in a well-ventilated area. While a Virtual Graduation will never be a replacement for the “live” experience, we feel like a picture with seniors and their family will go a long way toward making families feel included. We will provide more information in a separate communication with dates and times, and encourage everyone to participate.
I certainly wish we could have scripted a different finish for our seniors . . . although this is a year they will never forget! As they say, “Life is what happens when we were busy making plans.”
Let’s make the most of it! It may not be the send-off for our seniors we had envisioned, but I promise we will do it in style.
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D. Superintendent
UPDATED: Please see our new COVID-19 FAQs, which have been updated as of May 13.— OK State Dept of Ed (@oksde) May 13, 2020
We have added updates on graduation ceremonies, reopening school buildings, summer school, virtual instruction, school calendars and more. #oklaed
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